#WackyWednesday: Unusual sports to try this coming spring

While people might believe quidditch came to an end with the Harry Potter franchise, it is an actual sport now for muggles to enjoy.

Sports is a wonderful way to bond with others of similar interests, while remaining fit and mentally alert.

However, if the more conventional sports don’t captivate you, why not try one of the following slightly more unusual five sports?

Wife carrying

This is definitely not your run of the mill sport, but it does combine a spot of running and spending time with your spouse.

This sport originated in Sonkajarvi, Finland, and requires men to race through an obstacle course while carrying their wives.

What makes this sport interesting, is at the annual North American Wife Carrying Championships, the winners receive the traditional prize of the wife’s weight in beer, five times her weight in cash and an entry into the World Championship in Finland.

Toe wrestling

This is one sport that requires a firm footing.

Toe wrestling apparently began in 1976, when a Staffordshire, England, pub landlord George Burgess sought to find a sport for British to dominate.

The rules are rather simple, no shoes and socks, the two competitors interlock their toes and try to pin down their opponent’s foot.

Shin-kicking

This is one sport we cannot see ourselves trying! Shin-kicking is a combative sport which involves involves two contestants attempting to kick each other on the shin in order to force their opponent to the ground.

This rather painful sport originated in England in the early 17th century, and was one of the most popular events at the Cotswold Olimpick Games until the Games ended in the 1850s.

In the 19th century the sport was also practised by British immigrants to the United States. It was included in the 1951 revival of the Cotswold Olimpick Games, and remains one of its most popular events, run as the World Shin-kicking Championships.

Sepak takraw

 

This sport, which originated in Asia, is a lot like volleyball, only different in one small way. Instead of using their hands and arms, competitors use their feet to get the ball over the net.

Quidditch

Yes, you read that right. Quidditch is no longer restricted to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

Quidditch is a sport of two teams, of seven players each mounted on broomsticks, played on a hockey rink-sized pitch.

The game is also occasionally referred to as muggle quidditch, as to distinguish it from the fictional game which involves magical elements, such as flying broomsticks and enchanted balls. In the Harry Potter universe, a “muggle” is a person without magic blood.

The pitch is rectangular with rounded corners 55 metres by 33 metres with three hoops of varying heights at either end. The sport was created in 2005 and is therefore still quite young. However, quidditch is played around the world and actively growing.

The ultimate goal is to have more points than the other team by the time the snitch, a tennis ball inside a long sock hanging from the shorts of an impartial official dressed in yellow, is caught.

Believe it or not, but the rules are governed by the International Quidditch Association, and games are also sanctioned by the association.

 

  AUTHOR
Quinton Boucher
Journalist

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