Who are not fond of sports? In our childhood, and even now, we enjoy playing and watching sports and cheering our favorite team. People’s interests are only stuck to the sports like hockey, cricket, football or volleyball, but who knows that there are more rare sports which we are unaware of and which also has its own championships which are played worldwide.

1. Toe Wrestling

Akin to arm wrestling. Here, the players have to take off the shoes and socks as the play is all about fighting with bare feet. It’s the rule that each player have to remove the shoes and socks of their opponents. The toes of the players should be linked and the foot should be straight, sticking to the opponent’s foot. The opponents proceed to pin each other’s toes. Each game has three rounds, first round with the right foot, second round with the left, and if necessary, third round again with the left. The winner will be declared on the basis of the number of rounds won by the player.

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2. Ostrich Racing

Ostrich racing, one of the rare sports in the world. In this sport, people race among each other on the backs of the ostriches. It is said to be one of the harder sports than horse riding, as it’s difficult to manage ostriches than horses. This sport is played mostly in South Africa and in the United States(Chandler and Arizona).

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3. Chess Boxing

Chessboxing or chess boxing is most popular in Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and Russia. This sport is a hybrid of two traditional sports – Chess and Boxing. This sport is invented by a Dutch performance artist Lepe B. T. Rubingh.
As this game is a mixture of physical sport and cerebral board game, the players fight in alternative rounds of boxing and chess. This sports consist of 11 rounds, 6 rounds of chess, 5 rounds of boxing, Each round lasts for three minutes and the victory depends on either boxing or chess win and finishes the entire match.

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4. Underwater Hockey

It’s an underwater game akin to hockey. This sport is mostly played in the swimming pool, where the players have to push a puck across the bottom of the pool by a hockey stick or pusher, into the opponent’s goal. This game has a team of 10 members each, with six players playing the competition. This game has two halves, each half lasts ten to fifteen minutes. This game is also called Octopush.

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5. Zorbing

A sport where the rider has to be inside the orb which rolls downhill. Orb is made of transparent plastic. Riders can construct wooden or metal ramps where the orb can roll and can be controlled by the rider. Orb can also be played on the water. This sport is highly practiced in the UK, Switzerland, Japan, India, Thailand, Canada, Poland, etc.

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6. Shovel Racing

Shovel racing is played in some sections of the United States. In this sport, the rider has to sit on a shovel, facing the handle and leaning back with pointing the feet forward. Many of the shovel riders use wax on the underside of the shovel to increase the speed.

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7. Sporthocking

Sporthocking is a German Sport, a hybrid of skateboarding and sitting down. This sport involves acts performed by players like sliding, kicking, juggling, etc and pushing their bottoms down on a stool at the end, the maneuver is complete.

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8. Wife-carrying

This sport was introduced in Finland. In this sport, the male participators have to carry their female teammates and race to win. The main objective for the male is to carry the female participator through a track full of obstacles(land and water) in the fastest time.

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9. Elephant polo

Elephant polo is widely played in Rajasthan, Nepal, and Thailand. This sport was originated in Meghauli, Nepal. This game consists of a standard polo ball, a six to ten foot cane stick much like a bamboo stick with a polo mallet head on the end, Each elephant has two riders, one is the player and the other is the mahout, The rider instructs the mahout to which way to go and scores the ball.

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10. Cycle Ball

Cycleball is also known as “Radball”. This game is as similar to playing football with bicycles. From each team, two people ride a bicycle fixed geared bicycle with no breaks or freewheel. Both the opponents try to drive and counterattack the ball to goal with the wheels of the bicycle.

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11. Sepak Takraw

It’s a native sport in Southeast Asia. This game is also recognized as kick volleyball but differs from footvolley by using the rattan ball. This game allows players to only use their feet, chest, knee, and head to touch the ball. It has two types of event categories – the “Regu” and the “Double regu”. It is played with three players in each team, and the double regu is played with two players in each team.

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12. Dog Surfing

Dog surfing is a kind of sport where trained dogs surf bodyboards or surfboards. Sometimes the dogs alone surf or sometimes with a human partner on the board. The animal windsurfs with their human companion are trained to ride the paddleboard with other people. The wave size and ride length, all are measured in the competition – the overall certainty of the dog on the board.

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13. Quidditch

Quidditch is a fictional sport, played at Hogwarts by the wizards and witches in the Harry Potter series. The audience so liked the concept they actually made it a sport in real. Here, in this sport, each team is built of seven athletes, who keep the broom between their legs throughout the game; using four balls – two Bludgers, a Quaffle, and a Golden Snitch. Like most of the sports, Quidditch has also the aim of a team which has gained the most points at the end of the match.

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14. Shin-Kicking

This sport is originated from England and is called an English martial art. In Shin-kicking, two opponents attempt to kick each other on the shinbone in order to force each other on the ground. Shin-kicking is also known as purring or hacking.

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15. Cheese-Rolling

It was a traditional game played by the local people of the Brockworth, but now people from all over the world take part. The game starts by rolling down a 7-9 pounds Double Gloucester cheese from the top of a hill, and then the competitors rush racing down to chase the cheese. The person who’ll reach the line first and finishes the game will win the cheese.

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