Hit the pillow
During the water festival in Sri Lanka there are many strange sports. Among them, the most popular sport is Pillows. Two players sit on a precarious pole, each balancing by placing one hand behind his back and the goal is to knock the other into the water.
According to AFP, the tournament always brings joy and excitement when the pillow feathers fly when torn. Male or female contestants, holding pillows, sit on a round stainless steel pole more than 8,5 m long spanning a muddy pond nearly 1 m deep. After the referee’s whistle, who beat the opponent with a pillow Falling off the steel pole into the mud will win. Therefore, participants in addition to strength must also be able to keep a good balance.
The match has 2 halves, each lasting 2 minutes. The judges will calculate points for the correct knee blows to the opponent’s head and body and absolutely prohibit acts of biting, scratching, pulling hair, turning away from the opponent or dropping the pillow… to throw punches. With a 10-point scale, if 2 “knees” are tied, the judge will evaluate the win – loss through style, endurance and “tiger’s eye” (roughly understood as the ability to avoid blows or remain sharp-eyed). in the face of a blinding scene of fabric or pillow feathers).
Big toe thing
Every year, tourists and gladiators from all over the world flock to Fenny Bentley village, Derbyshire county, England to witness and participate in the competition. toe thing. Competitors who want to compete must be over 18 years old and pass a foot hygiene test to ensure that they are free from odor or fungus. They are then divided into male or female pairs, competing for up to 3 rounds to choose the winner. The first round starts with the right toe. Two wrestlers sit opposite, put their feet on a small square wooden frame on the floor, clasp the big toes and use the strength of the big toe to press the opponent to the floor. Round two to the left toe. If there is a tie, the final round will continue with the right toe.
According to IBT, the competition began in 1976 at a pub in the northern English town of Wetton. At that time, a group of walkers wanted to create a game that only the British could win. However, it was not until the mid-1990s that this unique sport began to be played every year and once had Canadians won the championship.
Those who read the Harry Potter series of writer JK Rowling are certainly no stranger to this subject Quidditch of students at Hogwarts. Now it has appeared in real life. Of course, players can’t ride brooms in the air like the characters in the story. The player also has a broom, which must also sit on it, which cannot be removed during the match, but must run, not fly. The ground-based version of the matches follows all the rules mentioned at Hogwarts, but with one exception, the Golden snitch – a golden ball with wings that will be held by a person in a yellow shirt. Fans say the ground version of Quidditch is the result of a mixture of football and rugby as seven players on each team attempt to throw the ball through a small hoop at the end of the opponent’s field. .
Quidditch This competition was proposed by Xander Manshel, a British student at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, and has been in competition since 2005. Currently in the US there are about 400 universities and more than 300 high schools. formed a Quidditch team and the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association – formed in 2007 – will organize the tournament. The annual Quidditch World Cup is a sizable sporting event in the United States, with athletes from 16 states and 46 colleges gathering in New York to compete.
Tuna throwing contest
In 1979, some members of the fishing community in Port Lincoln, South Australia thought about how to make the annual festival in the area attract more crowds. They decided to throw the tuna when they noticed that the fishermen often had difficulty getting the fish from the boat to the truck.
After testing quite a few different sizes of fish, BTC decided to use a 10 kg weight, tied a rope attached to the head to make it easier to toss. From January 24-27, this is the 1th time this tournament takes place.
Tuna throwing contest World Championships held in Port Lincoln, Australia. This contest has a history of 55 years and attracts locals and tourists. The rules of the game are very simple, by all means, throw the salmon as far as possible. The prize for the winner in each of the men’s and women’s events is $1000 australia. The achievement will be calculated with the first touch of the salmon. Each fish to throw weighs 9kg and is sponsored by restaurants around Lincoln Beach, which are rich in marine resources. The winner in the women’s event was sister Shanell Staunton and in the men’s event, Michael Proude took the throne with only 3 cm throws farther than his son.
Carry your wife
Wife-carrying subject (Wife Carrying or Eukonkanto) was born in Finland and is a traditional competition passed down from generation to generation. The wife-carrying contest has an ancient legend and anecdote in the Nordic country about a character named Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen. It is said that Rosvo-Ronkainen was considered a notorious bandit in the late 1800s. This guy lived in a forest, leading a gang of thieves that caused terror in the villages. The story of the robbery of the Rosvo-Ronkainen gang has many anecdotes from folklore to date, which are said to be the source of the later sport of wife-carrying. Some ancient people in Finland believed that the Rosvo-Ronkainen gang specialized in stealing food, women from villages and carrying women on their backs when they escaped into the woods. Another anecdote recounts the infamous thieves who came to a nearby village to steal another man’s wife, and then turn that woman into his wife.
The rules of the wife-carrying contest in Finland are not very restrictive on how. The man as long as he can lift the person is carried off the ground. However, there is a strange thing that the participating couples all choose the unorthodox piggyback method that became popular in later competitions: the Estonian way of piggybacking. In this type of piggyback, the woman is hung upside down behind the man’s back, her legs are crossed around her neck, her buttocks are raised to the sky, and her hands are holding her partner’s waist. The man then uses his strength to run at full speed through many obstacles to reach the finish line in the fastest way.
Chess boxing – Chess boxing
Novelty, unique, sometimes commented as grotesque, took only 15 years, boxing chess create strong attraction and spread widely to the whole world. The strength in the ring combined with the thinking on the chessboard creates an interesting sport called chessboxing. A professional boxing chess match will take place up to 11 rounds, of which 6 are chess and 5 rounds in the ring. Like regular boxing, each round of chessboxing will last for 3 minutes. The rest time for each set is usually 60 seconds.
A boxer will win when:
- His opponent is either screened on the chessboard or the time runs out first. According to the rules of the World Boxing Chess Organization, each boxer has a total of 9 minutes to play chess and will wear headphones to avoid being affected by the surrounding comments.
- Either he wins in the ring by knock-out or because the opponent violates the rules in the case of a forbidden attack such as: hitting below the waist, using kicks or elbows, attacking the nape of the neck…
- If after 11 rounds there is still no winner, the match result will be decided by the referee’s score based on the performance in the boxing rounds.
According to Rubingh, to date, more than 500 million people around the world know and understand the rules of chessboxing. It was the first step to give confidence in the bright future of the sport. To be recognized and present in regional or even world tournaments like the Olympics, boxing chess certainly needs more time. If favorable, maybe classic confrontations will take place that many times do not dare to imagine.
Volleyball on air mattress
Volleyball on air mattress (also known as Bossaball) originated in Spain and is currently growing quite strongly in Europe as well as South American countries. Although in Vietnam, the subject of Bossaball is still strange to many people, but it has begun to appear in Dong Thap and has received the attention of many people. It is known that Bossaball was invented by Filip Eyckmans, a Belgian living in Spain. By 2004, Bossaball received a huge response in Belgium and the Netherlands before becoming an indispensable spiritual dish on the beaches of Spain. Currently, Bossaball has appeared in many European countries and South American countries. In addition, in the world, volleyball experts have also formed the Bossaball World Cup that attracts many countries to participate.
The field of Bossaball is designed entirely with air cushions so that athletes can jump and jump easily. In each part of the field, there is also a trampoline with springs located close to the net to help the attacker jump up high to finish. In bossaball volleyball, each team has from 4-5 people, in which the owner is always on duty on the trampoline to perform the finishing phase. When playing volleyball, you will use your feet, hands and the floor is an air carpet, so it is quite difficult to move. To be able to play well, each person must have many skills, from volleyball, football to gymnastics or even martial arts. The basic rules of the game are based on volleyball rules, but each Bossaball team has 5 touches to keep the ball. More unique, each player can get 2 consecutive touches of the ball if they touch the ball with different body parts. The attacker is likened to a sports artist because he has to possess a lot of skill and high sensitivity to bounce the trampoline onto the net to catch the ball from his teammates.
The highlight of Bossaball is that players have to dance continuously during the competition, so the energy consumption is huge. In addition, allowing players to finish the ball with many body parts has helped players feel excited about this type of play. In addition, with the field of air mats, athletes will feel safer when performing movements without fear of injury.
The sport dates back to 1636 and was part of the Robert Dover Olimpick Games, when the sport was even more violent. In the early 19th century, the villages here often challenged each other to violent matches by striking the shins of competitors with coal hammers.
The competitors wear the traditional white shirt and socks stuffed with straw to protect, by all means kick in the shin so that the opponent can not stand up will be the winner. Usually, players leaving the field with bruises on their shins consider themselves lucky. In the 1950s, broken shin injuries were quite common, so the rules of the game prohibited athletes from using steel toe caps in later years.
This is a sport invented by the British and was born in the early years of the 17th century. Currently there is a world championship for players of this sport called Olimpicks Cotswold. In addition to the two players, there is also a referee to determine the winner.
The rules of the game today stipulate that the opponent who kicks the opponent’s shin twice first will be the winner. To prevent possible injury when the opponent kicks too hard to cause injury, there is always at least 2 ambulance available outside the field to conduct emergency treatment in time.
Bed race was “produced” in the town of Knaresborough in the Yorkshire region, Northern England in 1966. Initially, with the charming local mountain topography, the organizers thought of hundreds of different ideas to form the events such as chariot racing, rafting, mountain climbing… But then, for some reason, they decided to bring the beds to the street to race into a world-famous community sports event.
The first race was originally only open to the British army, navy and US marines, but later expanded to all subjects. However, expanding the audience does not mean bed racing becomes an entertaining competition because the participating teams have to go through many challenges and dangers. According to the regulations, each racing team consists of 7 people, of which 6 people (men’s team, women’s team or men’s and women’s teams aged 8 and over) push and pull the bed, the other is a “passenger” lying on the bus. bed. The racers of each team, if they want to become “bed superstars”, must have comprehensive skills: strength, endurance, marathon running, swimming and teamwork. They will push the bed in accordance with the rules of the competition (minimum size 1,75 x 0,75 m, maximum 3 x 1,35 m and maximum height 3 m; 4 wheels with a diameter not to exceed 250 mm; buoy…) over a distance of nearly 4 km, starting from the town center. Tension and drama are always present throughout the race as fancy beds traverse parks, scenic landscapes with perpendicular turns, climb steep steep rocky slopes and wade through roads. The cold Nidd river over 18m wide always has fast currents before reaching the finish line.
After the start signal, the 6 main racers worked hard, pushed or used ropes to pull the bed to achieve the fastest speed towards the finish line. On the bed, “passengers” are equipped with helmets and life jackets, but are always in a state of panic to prepare for the worst situation such as: flipping the bed, crashing into the curb, and colliding with the bed. Therefore, not only has the task of shouting and cheering for teammates, the “passenger” lying on the bed must also possess a “spirit of steel” and the bravest. determined. The team that finishes the race with the fastest time will be the championship team, with the winning teams typically finishing in between 12-14 minutes.
Runner with horse
According to Oddity Central, this odd contest was born on a November evening, 11. At that time, Mr. Gordon Green, a pub owner in the town of Llanwrtyd Wells (Welsh) argued with a local resident, Mr. Glyn Jones about endurance between horse and man.
Mr. Green believes that a man can beat a horse in a long-distance race, while Mr. Jones offers the opposite opinion. In the end, the two agreed to hold a contest to verify the truth. Then, 50 men and 15 horses took part in a 35 km race through the hills and swamps. Mr. Glyn Jones won the race by riding the fastest steed in Llanwrtyd Wells.
From 1985 to 1992, cyclists were allowed to participate in the competition. In 1989, a cyclist crossed the finish line first. However, the authorities later banned the use of bicycles because they thought the wheels damaged the trail in the forest. Therefore, from 1992 onwards, participants in the competition with their feet as before. To date, there have only been two times when humans have won against horses, in 2 and 2004.
In the race, participants will start at about 11 o’clock (local time) and 15 minutes later, the horses start running. In 2011, the trophy once again belonged to a horse named Shah that was ridden by a 21-year-old student. She won $1.700 in prize money.
World sports exist many water competitions, but talking about the “monster” level, Underwater hockey (Underwater Hockey) holds the No. 1 position. It also holds the No. 1 position in terms of difficulty because it takes place at the bottom of the lake, and competitors must not only swim well, dive well but also need to be able to hold their breath. Underwater hockey was born by accident in a situation that has nothing to do with sports. In 1950, the British Navy often devised a way to practice and play akin to ice hockey in the water to help divers improve their mobility and perform tasks effectively underwater. In 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as Octopush) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first club, Southsea Sub-Aqua in England. Underwater hockey was then enthusiastically responded by a harmonious combination of swimming and diving skills, while the competition was a hybrid of ice hockey and basketball. Both men and women can participate in this sport, as long as they have good stamina against the challenge of holding their breath for a certain amount of time underwater. They are equipped with fins, masks, snorkels, a protective rubber glove, headscarf and a small stick about 30 cm long to control the puck (similar to ice hockey balls) weighing from 1,3 – 1,5 kg is covered with plastic to create friction on the bottom of the competition pool.
Conventional water hockey matches take place at the pool with a size of 25 m long, 12 m wide, reaching a depth of 2 – 4 m and two metal trays with a length of 2 m at both ends. Spectators of this strange sport will watch from the surface of the lake or enjoy it live on the screen recorded by the camera or witness close-up at the swimming pools designed with mirror faces.
The eccentricity and complexity of water hockey have spread across continents to the extent that the top organizations have to jostle each other for membership and organize world championships. Currently, this sport has 2 international representative organizations, the Underwater Hockey Commission (CMAS) and the World Aquachallenge Association (WAA), but neither organization is willing to yield to each other, so there are 2 world championships that exist separately. since 2006 are held alternately.
In the world of sports involving animal riding, horse racing is considered number one in both gravity and speed. However, according to the Daily Mail, if talking about the unique features and skills of jockeys, horse racing may not be able to surpass the competition. ostrich bird racing (ostrich racing).
The ostrich racetrack is similar to horse racing and requires a training process to sit on the back of a bird to… “fly”. Each race usually has 5-7 birds to start each turn and the length of the track is the same as in horse racing, the first bird to finish will win. The ostriches are all fitted with a special saddle and reins, the jockey holds the whip, wears a helmet as well as is tested before the competition. Although “accessories” are similar to horse racing, ostrich racing always attracts and creates excitement and fun for the audience thanks to its strangeness and difficulty. In addition, some tournaments also have ostrich pulling content.
According to the US media, ostrich racing is more difficult than horse racing and other types of animal racing. Because the speed of an ostrich can be up to 70 km / h. Therefore, each ostrich has to undergo a rigorous training process to balance on the backs of quite stubborn birds. According to The Sun, he had to practice special skills to disable the ostrich’s wings in order to keep the saddle. What is more important is that the jockeys have to train hard to get the ostrich to obey them on the track. This is considered to be the leading factor in deciding whether to win or lose in each race.
The ostriches competing in competitions are mostly of African origin. This is a flightless bird, possessing the largest body of any bird. The neck and legs of the ostrich are exceptionally long and are considered the “speed king” on the ground in the bird world. Since the late 19th century, with the ability to “carry” a large amount of weight on the back, ostrich races were formed for entertainment purposes in a number of festivals in South Africa and the states of Arizona or Florida (USA). ). Up to now, ostrich racing has not only become very popular in these localities, but also expanded to many places in the United States, being held interspersed with camel and zebra races. According to a recent statistic, the ostrich races in Chandler City during the Arizona Ostrich Festival last March attracted more than 3 spectators and visitors from all over the world.