Football, basketball, hockey, soccer… there are a handful of sports that nearly everybody has heard of, whether or not they care to play or watch them. While non-fans may not know all the positions or rules to the sports, it’s nearly impossible to get through life without having some type of encounter with the most common sports. For example, even if you don’t know the difference between a running back and a corner back, you’ve probably heard of the NFL.
If the well known sports seem too boring, however, fear not – there are many sports that most people likely have never heard of which have some quite unusual twists. In some cases location plays a role – many of these relatively unknown sports are fairly popular in one country or region of the world. In some cases, the sport’s popularity begins to spread and they become more known on a worldwide scale, while in some cases the sport remains a primarily local activity. Regardless, the sports on this list are definitely a bit stranger than the typical team sports we all know and love.
Swapping out the choice of animal, taking a common sport and playing it underwater, incorporating food, mashing together two sports… however the inventors of these sports came up with the ideas, they deserve points for their innovation. Here is a list of ten sports you have likely never heard of.
8 Underwater Hockey/Octopush
7 Cheese Rolling
6 Chess Boxing
5 Elephant Polo
4 Caber Tossing
3 Sepak Takraw
1 Wife Carrying
In Finland, if a husband tosses his wife over his shoulder, it’s not a caveman-esque gesture – he’s likely prepping for the sport of wife carrying. In this strange sport, teams consist of a man and a woman (often a married couple, but that isn’t a requirement). As the name implies, the man carries his wife in whatever method suits him best, from piggy back to fireman’s carry to the boggling Estonian carry, where the woman hangs upside down with her legs over the man’s shoulders. The man carries the woman across a type of obstacle course and the lucky winner snags his wife’s weight in beer. Fun for the whole family.
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