Many of us have gotten so used to mainstream sports that when we think of sports, we automatically think of soccer, basketball, tennis and all that.
Everyone knows about Football because of great footballers like Messi and Ronaldo. You must also have heard about Michael Jordan, who is considered one of the best basketball players ever, Michael Phelps the swimmer, Usain Bolt the fastest man alive, and Serena Williams for how she handles the tennis bat. But there are people who actually win championships for actually carrying their wives! To feed your curiosity, here are 10 sports that you never knew existed, until now!
Try to picture this sport! Toe wrestling is in fact pretty similar to arm wrestling. To play, players must take off their shoes and socks, since the game is played with bare feet. It is considered a courtesy for each player to take off the other player's shoes and socks. The opponents attempt to pin (capture or trap) the other's foot for three seconds while avoiding the same. We could say it's a real feet of strength!
Underwater kissing is pretty much what it says: people kissing underwater. The goal is to hold your breath for as long as possible while kissing your partner. There are even championships held annually in China. Last year the winners kissed underwater for one minute and twenty seconds. Now that’s passion!
Talking about underwater sports, there’s field hockey, ice hockey and now... underwater hockey? Yep. It is also known as Octopush. This sport is played worldwide and involves two teams trying to push a puck using a stick across the floor of a swimming pool into the opposing team’s goal. The sport has its own World Championship, which first took place in 1980.
This sport originated in Finland and it is exactly what it sounds like. The competitors carry their wife on their back while they complete an obstacle course. The wife should not be lighter than a 100 pounds and the course must include one dry and two wet obstacles. The winner gets his wife's weight in beer! Sounds like a sport for real men! At the annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, winners receive the traditional prize of the wife’s weight in beer, five times her weight in cash and an entry into the World Championship in Finland.
Do not be surprised by this, throwing eggs is actually a sport! According to the World Egg Throwing Federation, egg throwing “has been a sport enjoyed by millions of people since early humans discovered the delight of watching a failure of another to catch a tossed egg.” Eggheads have the opportunity to participate in the annual World Egg Throwing Championship, which involves a variation of games, in Swaton, England.
MAN VERSUS HORSE MARATHON
Who would have guessed that there’s a sport that would have you race with an animal. This marathon is held annually in Wales, where runners pit their speed against horses and their riders. The track is 22 miles long. Here’s the origin: The race started in 1980, when a pub owner decided to test who's faster: horse or man. For 24 years the horses were faster but then a man won! Since then that feat has been repeated only once, but the race goes on!
This strange sport pits together chess and boxing. During the matches two activities alternate and a bout can last up to 11 rounds with the winner determined by knockout or checkmate! If chess ends in a tie, the winner is determined by the number of points earned during boxing. But if the boxing ends in a tie, the winner is the one using the black pieces in chess. Talk about brains and brawn!
Talking about dirty games, Swamp soccer is another Finish sport (From Finland) also called Swamp Football. The game is played in two 12-minute halves and is basically soccer, but played in a swamp. Yes a dirty swamp! Try to picture a group of people playing in a swamp for that long. This past year, the Swamp Soccer World Cup (yes, that’s a thing) was held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mindball is one of the most unique games out there, and I’m sure you’ll agree. The game is played on a mindball table, on which a ball is moved back and forth. The players stand on opposing ends of the table and wear a headband with electrodes that are connected to the table. And yes, the ball is moved by their minds. I think this is the weirdest of them all.
Hey ladies, Pillow fighting is actually a sport, and people actually play it. Of course, the first rule is that only women are allowed to play, and that pillows can’t be filled with foreign objects (i.e. bricks or it will probably get messy). In Japan, this is a fully sanctioned sport as well. So, the pillow fighting athleticism is spreading, people. You could consider encouraging your female friends to try this out.
There you have it. Here are 10 sports that you never knew existed. You can actually try one of them out if you’ve got the skills! Hope you enjoyed this read.