INSANE SPORTING EVENTS
Added on: 11th Dec 2014
COOPER’S HILL CHEESE ROLLING AND WAKE
Once a year, people living in the Cotswolds region of
England hold a racing event that involves rolling a Double
Gloucester cheese from the top of Cooper’s Hill and a crowd of
people race down to see who will catch the cheese first. The
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is now so famous all over
the world that there are also foreign competitors and spectators
that join in on the fun.
Have you ever imagined what a combination of baseball, soccer,
and hockey would look like? If you do not have much of an idea,
then seeing how people play Hurling in Ireland would be the perfect
description. They play wearing soccer clothes and shoes, a
helmet, and fight over a baseball with wooden hockey stick-like
objects. The goal of the game is to hit the ball as fast and as high
as possible until it reaches the enemy goal.
In Finland, there is an obstacle course game where men have to
carry their wives on their shoulders, with the head at the back and
the feet at front, while running over a 250-meter track
with two hurdle jumps and a shallow pool.
The national sport of Afghanistan, involves competitors riding a
horse with the objective of getting a dead goat from other players
and having it land on a circular goal line. It could be taken as a game
of polo without the sticks and balls, but as fierce as American football
with all the violence of kicking, bashing, and sometimes
ETON WALL GAME
There is one game in Eton College in England that has been
exclusively played for over 300 years now. It may look like
rugby or football to some, but it is a totally different game as it
involves a wall being the main field. Players of both teams must
pile up in order to fight over the ball. You will only be able to score if
you are near enough on one end of the wall and you could kick
the ball to anything that resembles a goal, such as a door or a tree.
The Eton Wall Game is not that simple as it sounds, especially when
you become aware that the last score was made back in 1909.
Seen by many sports fans as a mix of handball and badminton,
Jai Alai is a game that is commonly played by singles or doubles,
and it involves a racquet that looks more like a huge scooping basket.
The objective of the game is to shoot the ball into one side of the
wall towards the enemy area. The opponent must catch the ball either
right, or in mid-air or on the first bounce, which should also be
bounced off the wall towards the other end. If not, it would be a
deduction point against the failing team.
Have you heard of two chess players that are wearing gloves
while moving pawns and rooks or of boxers that sit on a chair
and think of how to beat the opponent? While these scenarios may be
weird and strange to you, there is a certain game in Finland where
boxing and chess are mixed together. Chess boxing is unlike any
other sport you have ever heard of. Players play a round of chess,
then a round of boxing, and then chess again, until
11 alternating rounds have been played.
MOUNTAIN BIKE BOG SNORKELING
As if snorkelling in a bog is not enough to make you puke,
using a mountain bike to journey in the smelly water makes for a sport
that is known the world over. Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling has been
such a craze that this sport is not only played by natives, but it is also
attended to by foreign competitors from different countries. There is
even a world championship for this game. You need to go through the
Waen Rhydd bog near Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales twice on a
mountain bike with a helmet filled with lead, and you must have
the shortest time record for the win.
One member of a team goes to the opponent’s territory, acting as a
raider. If the raider is able to tag any of the opposing group and is
able to get out from the opposite area, then it’s one point. But if the
raider has been tagged or squished before freedom calls, then it’s
one point for the other team. Whoever is tagged on both scenarios
is out of the game.