5 Most Bizarre Sports in the World

Sports for you may mean cricket, football, rugby, baseball, tennis or something else that you’ve grown up watching or playing. However, there are also bizarre sports being played all around the world that you may not know of. These sports are so uncanny that it may be hard to believe that they are actually played in some countries. As strange as they may sound, these sports are still a measure of a player’s strength and patience.

While some of these games are hybrid versions of two existing sports, you will be astonished at how unique the other concepts are. Be prepared to gasp while you read this Digital Dribble article!

Extreme Ironing

Extreme ironing is a sport where the participants take ironing to the highest level, literally. Players take their iron boards and iron to iron clothes at extreme locations. According to the official ironing bureau known as Extreme Ironing Bureau, this sport makes use of a dangerous outdoor location with well-pressed clothing. The participants get photographed while they are at it.

This sport takes place in such scenic and picturesque locations that it has worked wonders in creating publicity and driving footfall to these areas. Forests, mountains, in a snowboard or canoe, atop bronze statues, underwater, in the middle of a motorway or while parachuting, these locations are definitely bizarre! Purists claim the sport began first in Leicester, England at around 1997.

Chess Boxing

A hybrid sport that combines chess along with boxing, chess boxing was first invented and described by French filmmaker and artist Enki Bilal in his comic book named Froid Equateur in the year 1992 and was organized by Iepe Rubingh in the year 2003. Opponents are pitted against each other in alternate rounds of boxing and chess and the winner is decided after tallying both the results.

This game is particularly popular in Germany, Britain and Russia. It consists of a total of 11 rounds, 5 rounds of boxing and 6 rounds of chess. Each round lasts for 3 minutes irrespective of whether it  involves boxing or chess. This makes a total of 18 minutes of playing chess which means 9 minutes for each player. The game went global with the formation of the WCBO (World Chess Boxing Organization) in 2011.

Buzkashi

Buzkashi meaning ‘Goat dragging’ is the national game of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. In this sport participants on horses battle each other for the carcass of an animal, generally a goat. They throw it into a circle or tub which denotes a point scored. Each team consists of up to 10 players and since a dead and decapitated animal is played with you can gauge how rough it could get. 

There are potentially a hundred competitors vying for the carcass and people wear protective clothing so as to protect themselves from the whips, boots and even stray bullets!

The game can go on for several days. While the origin of the game is largely unknown, it has become quite popular and has even been represented in films.

Joggling

This hybrid sport is a crossover between juggling and jogging. Players (called jogglers)  carry three or more juggling balls or clubs while jogging. There are mainly three types of joggling, the first being speed joggling where participants compete to juggle while jogging to a particular distance in the minimum time. Then comes error-free joggling where competitors jog and juggle for the longest time without a single mistake. Lastly, there are trick jogglers whose aim is to perform maximum juggles while running a mile.

World joggling championships are held each year and are organized by the International Jogglers’ Association. The first championships were recorded in the year 1980 in Fargo, North Dakota. Many jugglers even have Guinness World Records to their name.

Kabaddi

This is a type of contact sport that was developed in ancient India and spread around the world in the centuries to come. Kabaddi is a mixture of tag and wrestling and is played between two teams consisting of a total of 12 members (7 playing and 5 in reserve). The objective of the game is to raid the enemy’s territory. This is done by taking turns to send a player to the enemy territory on the condition that the player will not draw any breath while he is there.

However, this is to be done by chanting ‘Kabaddi’ all the time (so as to eliminate any arguments regarding the holding of breath). Kabaddi is the national game of Bangladesh and Nepal and the state game of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Bihar. India has claimed the maximum number of awards in this game.

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