The first part was pretty fun and informing but the list surely doesn’t end there. It may took us some time and resources to dig out all of this stuff but it was totally worth it. Read the second part with 8 more little known sports and keep those in mind the next time you want to make the difference.
Kabaddi: This is an ancient Indian sport (out of India) that is also played in different parts of Asia. It is played in a similar manor to capture the flag and dodge ball combined, although when a player races to the other side of the field and is in the opposing team’s territory, they must hold their breath.
Plunge for Distance: This is probably an activity you have tried before. You dive underwater, remain motionless underwater and see how long you can hold your breathe. This sport actually made an appearance in the 1904 Olympic Games and a World Championship took place in 2012.
Ringball: This is based out of South Africa and has been played since 1907 where teams try to throw a ball into a goal ring on the other side of the court.
Irish Road Bowling: This sport has been around since the debut of cars in Ireland. It is like traditional bowling, but it takes place on a road using a 58mm, tennis ball shaped ball that is tossed down a road up to four kilometers in length.
Royal Shrovetide Football: This is played in Ashbourne, Derbyshire UK. Basically, it is a full town sized game of football (soccer). There are also no rules (outside of no killing anyone).
Three-Sided Football: Originated in London, this is a game of football (soccer) where there are three teams playing at once on a triangle shaped field.Unlike in conventional football, where the winner is determined by the highest scoring of the two teams, no score is kept of the goals which a team scores, but conversely a count is taken of the number of goals conceded and the winning team is that which concedes the fewest goals. The game purports to deconstruct the confrontational and bi-polar nature of conventional football as an analogy of class struggle in which the referee stands as a signifier of the state and media apparatus, posturing as a neutral arbitrator in the political process of ongoing class struggle.
Two Handed Tennis: Based out of Moscow, Russia, a person is allowed to use two tennis rackets at once.
Sepak Takraw: This is volleyball but played with your feet and not your hands.In Malaysia, the game is called sepak raga or takraw. It is also kataw (Lao: "twine" and "kick") while in Thailand it is called takraw. In Myanmar it is known as chin lone, and is considered more of an art as there is often no opposing team, and the point is to keep the ball aloft gracefully and interestingly. In the Philippines, besides "takraw" it is also known as sipa, meaning "kick".
Keep those little known sports in the back of your head and with the first chance start one just for a change. And who knows, maybe you’ll be the next world champion in any of those.
Last Modified: Jun 10, 2016