Many sports, such as baseball, soccer and volleyball, are well-known around the world, especially in Spain. But not many people know about the more unusual sports — like toe wrestling in England or Buzkashi in Afghanistan, for example.
Although they may seem bizarre, some of these sports are taken very seriously. Some different sports, such as Footgolf in the USA and Speed Badminton in Germany, even have World Championships. These sports may be weird (to us) and hard to believe, but that’s what makes them so great and interesting to learn about.
This all started a couple of weeks ago in 2ºESO, when we learned about a dark, cold and scary sport called Bog Snorkeling. It’s a championship event that takes place every year in Wales. In this sport, each participant has to swim through dark muddy water, without using their arms AND keep must their face in the water! The students couldn’t believe people actually sign up to compete in this. So we thought it would be a fun idea to investigate unusual sports played around the world…and we definitely found some!
Below are some of the most unusual sports from around the world that our students researched and presented to the class:
– Buzkashi from Afghanistan
– Cheese Hill Rolling Championship from the U.K.
– Boot Launching from Finland
– Chess Boxing from Holland
– Hardcourt Bike Polo from India
– Tchoukball from Switzerland
– Lawn Bowling from New Zealand
– Worm Charming from USA
– Footgolf Championship from USA
So as we have learned there are plenty of weird and unusual sports in the world, but the students enjoyed researching them even more than mainstream sports because they were able to see some insights into different cultures. We hope you have enjoyed our range of sports from interesting right up to just plain whacky!