We’ve all heard of chess, and we’ve all heard of boxing, but have you heard of…chess boxing? How about ferret legging? Or Camel Wrestling? It’s a strange world, and the ways in which we entertain ourselves reflect that. As Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.” So go ahead, observe some of these 25 Most Obscure Sports In The World.
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Kaninhop (Bunny Jumping)
We owe it to the Swedes for coming up with a sport such as this. It’s simple really – trained bunnies hopping over obstacles. It’s not really a new concept as Equestrian Show Jumping has been around for years, but come on, they’re bunnies.
Underwater Hockey (Octopush)
Just as the name implies, it’s hockey, except the puck is on the bottom of a pool. So, as you may have guessed, lung capacity plays a significant role. Also, you don’t use a stick but rather a “pusher” which almost resembles a small blade.
Dominated by women, this sport has witnessed a resurgence in the past 10 years. It is played by two teams, each of which are skating around a single track. One member of each team is called a “jammer,” and it is their job to lap the players on the other team in order to score points. And yes, injuries are common.
Man vs. Horse
Every June in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells, competitors line up to prove they can beat a horse to a finish line that is 22 miles away. Why? Rumor has it that in 1980 the owner of a local pub, Gordon Green, overheard two patrons arguing over whether a man could beat a horse in a marathon. Well, there was only one way to find out.
Not only are you swimming 120 meters through a bog, you are not allowed to use conventional swimming strokes, relying only on the power of your flippers. And just like most of the contenders on this list, this obscure sport was started in the United Kingdom…over a bet.
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