10 Odd Sports From Around the World
We’re sure there are places in the world where American Football is considered an odd sport. Every region has its own events, because people can generally find competition in anything. Just take a look at reality TV. Some folks with the Matador Network put together a great list highlighting 10 Odd Sports From Around the World. Some are deeply engrained in their respective societies, and some have gone from tongue-in-cheek to serious stuff. They all look fun and somewhat dangerous, which is really what sports are about.
Cheese Rolling, England: Every spring, the citizens of Gloucestershire throw a wheel of cheese down Cooper Hill and chase after it. The winner of the race gets to keep the cheese. Due to hill’s steepness, the wheel can reach speeds up to 70mph, injuring many racers along the way.
Iceboating, United States (Great Lakes): Similar to sailboats, but fitted with skis and runners, traditional iceboats were used to ship goods across frozen lakes in the 19th century. Iceboats are now more often used for recreation and racing.
Fire Jumping, Middle East: While this fire jumping shot was taken as part of an urban race in California, the sport has roots in a Persian New Year ritual that dates back the Zoroastrian era. The even is meant to symbolize rebirth.
Toe Wrestling, England: The World Championships started in 1976 in Derbyshire, UK. The object is to lock big toes and force your opponent’s foot to the ground. Not a game for the foot-phobic.
FInd out what other odd sports made the list by visiting the full article on Matador Network.