6 Awesome Sports From Around the World

Society makes it almost impossible to be unaware of the most common and popular sports like the great American pastime that is baseball and the bone-crushing sport they call football (which is a silly name for it).  However, there is a plethora of interesting and daring sports from around the world that are definitely worth a look. Here are my top 6 favorites:

6459062665_9c826206b6_zCycleball “Radball”, Germany
This sport is played similar to soccer but on top of  metal, two wheeled steeds. There are two players on each team who ride fixed gear bicycles (no brakes or freewheels). The bicycle and the player’s head are used to control the ball. It’s soccer that uses a bicycle instead of feet. Sounds tricky to me. Radball as it’s called in Germany (sounds like a game you invented during summer as an 8 year old), is popular in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Switzerland.

Wiscons Wife Carrying ChampionshipsWife Carrying World Championships
Are you a man? Do you like beer? Women? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have got the sport for you. It’s called the Wife Carrying World Championships, and it’s happening every year in Finnland. You have to man up and carry your significant other over a 255 meter obstacle course. Regardless of your carrying technique — the piggyback, fireman’s carry, or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the shoulders) — you will win a gloriously and hilarious prize for first place; the weight of your wife in beer!

6669221553_2656161258_bWorld Chess Boxing Organization
If you like working out your brain as much as you do your muscles, head over to London or Berlin to check out the World Chess Boxing Organization. It was invented by Enki Bilal in his comic book Froid Équateur, 1992, but the first event was organized by a Dutch guy named Lepe Rubingh in 2003. Combatants play a round of chess and then a round of boxing; rinse and repeat for 11 rounds.

3828577601_f5879b45ca_bSepak Takraw
Sepak Takraw, or just Takraw for short, is a South East Asian sport said to have been invented by the Malaysian royal family over 500 years ago. Seems to be most popular in Thailand now-a-days. Picture a game of volleyball where the players use everything except their hands. The original ball was constructed of a hay-like material, but these days only plastic versions are seen on everything from pro courts to school playgrounds.

162269858Camel Wrestling
Camel Wrestling is not a human contender grappling with a camel, it’s actually two camels wrestling. It’s a Turkish sport in which two fully grown, massive, snorting male camels bash it out in a colosseum-like arena. Tulu Camels are bred for fighting, yet any male camel would begin to fight over the camel babe in heat that the Turks use to invigorate fighting spirit.

153169069Elephant Polo
Elephant Polo is exactly what you think it is. Polo played atop our planets largest land animal instead of horses. It’s a little less classy, but a lot more entertaining for first time spectators. Unlike regular polo, two people are required to mount and control this huge beast. I hope a mouse never runs across the field.

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