Who doesn’t love the world of sports? The thrill of taking first place or you leading your team to victory in a high-intensity match, is a feeling like no other.
When I say sports, you and I most likely think along the same lines: Rugby, cricket, Soccer, tennis, Chessboxing….hang on, what’s that now?!
Being a world filled with so many diverse people, unique sporting opportunities truly have been a success over the past few years, with the following sports coming to life:
Invented by Dutch performance artist lepe Rubingh, this rather unusual sport combines two different disciplines of sports.
Chessboxing consists of 11 rounds, which is divided into six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing. The rounds alternate, with the contest beginning and ending with chess. That means, you play a game of chess, then box and play chess again. Each round lasts exactly three minutes.
How is this even possible? I once got punched so hard in the face during a karate match, I forgot my own name, let alone be able to play a game of chess.
A chessboxing match can be won by any of the following methods:
- Knockout or technical knockout in boxing.
- Checkmate in chess.
- Disqualification due to inactivity to overextending playing time.
- Loss by resignation
Who wants to participate in this sport? Well, it is apparently very popular in Germany, the United Kingdom, India and Russia. Also, believe it or not, there is a World Championship series.
If you have ever bumped your shin on the coffee table, you will know the excruciating pain that goes into banging your shin. So, why anyone would like to participate in this sporting event is beyond me.
This manly sport originates from England in the early 17th century. It involves two contestants attempting to kick each other on the shin until one falls to the grown. Shin-kicking is so popular that the Shin-kicking World Championship is a part of the Cotswold Olimpick Games, which is held on Dover’s Hill, just north of the English town, Chippen Campden.
Yes, you read that right. Toe wrestling. This is a sport which proves women are more mature and responsible than men.
The game was invented in 1974 by four drinkers in Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn in Wetton, Staffordshire. These men were rather upset that the United Kingdom struggled to produce world champions in sports. So, men being men, they created their own sport.
After all, no one else can take the title if only British people participated. Mick Dawson, one of the creators of the sport, won the world championships in 1975, but it was taken from him by a Canadian the following year. The sport dwindled and is now regaining popularity. The world championships take place annually at the Bentley Brook Inn in Fenny Nebtly, Near Ashbourne, Derbyshire in England.
How do you play?
To play, players must take off their shoes and socks as the game is played with bare feet. It is common courtesy for each player to remove the other player’s shoes and socks. Players must link toes and each player’s foot must touch flat on the other person’s foot. The opponents proceed to attempt to pin the other’s foot for three seconds.
Aah, here is a sport for all my geeks around the globe. If you are a Harry Potter fan or even watched the movies, you will know exactly what Quidditch is.
Quidditch is a sport of two teams of seven players, each mounted on broomsticks, played on a hockey rink-sized pitch. But, unlike the Harry Potter universe, the brooms don’t fly and there is no magic involved.
To score points, chasers or keepers must get the quaffle (haha), a slightly deflated volleyball, into one of three of the opposing hoops which score the team 10 points.
To impede the quaffle from advancing down the pitch, chasers and keepers can tackle opposing chasers and keepers. Beaters can also use their bludgers (dodgeballs) to take out opposing players.
Once a player is hit by an opposing bludger, that player must dismount their broom, drop any ball being held, and return to and touch their hoops before being allowed back into play.
The game is ended once the snitch is caught by one of the seekers, awarding that team 30 points.
Sound too weird for you? Believe it or not, but there is actually an International Quidditch Association to oversee teams around the globe.
If any of these sports sounds fun to you, be sure to look at forming a team and seeing if you can go the distance. Have yourself a brilliant Newcastillian week!