Top 10 Unusual sports that are played around the world

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Chess boxing is a hybrid sport combining the physicality of boxing and the mental acuity of chess. It’s both a mental and physical challenge, with each round alternating between chess and boxing. The sport requires strategy, skill and endurance. A chess boxing match is won by either checkmate or knockout. The sport has been gaining popularity in recent years, with the World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO) hosting tournaments around the world. The WCBO is dedicated to promoting the sport and providing a platform for chess boxers to compete. There are also national and regional chess boxing organizations in countries such as the UK, Germany, and India.

Cycle Ball

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Cycle Ball is the sport that is been around for over 120 years that you’ve never heard of, combining bicycles and football is totally a thing and its been popular in Europe for ages, If you have ever looked at your bike then at your football and though that these two things need to be combined. Players are expected to use just the bike to control, flick and move the ball and you have to use fixed gear bike with no brakes, so needless to say crashes and injuries are frequent and it is very difficult to play and it is very dangerous. 


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Zorbing, all though it is one of the strangest sports out there. Zorbing is actually so simple, climb inside a big inflated ball and roll down a hill. The rider bounces around and gets the thrill of speed, but it is protected from the full impact of hitting the ground repeatedly. Zorbing is has been around since the mid 90’s and has since then become a global success. It’s also referred to as globe riding spearing, orbing and more generic hill rolling. The inflatable balls have even been combined with other sports like soccer where players are constantly knocking each other down, in which case you could argue that this is one of those games where defense is more fun.

Ostrich Racing

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Ostrich racing is a thrilling spectacle that has captivated audiences for centuries. It is an exciting and fast-paced event that pits the majestic birds against each other in a race to the finish line. Spectators can witness the sheer power and speed of these birds as they sprint across the track, their wings flapping and their legs pounding the ground. The thrill of the race is matched by the beauty of the birds, and the experience is one that will never be forgotten. Ostrich racing is a unique and exhilarating sport that can be enjoyed by spectators from all walks of life. Whether you’re a fan of the birds or just looking for an exciting night out, ostrich racing is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. With the right knowledge, you can even become an expert on the sport and join in the fun of betting on the winners.

Dog Surfing

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Dog surfing is an emerging sport that combines water sports with canine companionship. It is a fun and exciting way to bond with your pup while getting some exercise and enjoying the ocean. Dog surfing involves riding a surfboard while your dog stands on the board. It is a great way to let your pup experience the thrill of the ocean while providing a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and your pet.

Unicycle Hockey

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As many people think hockey couldn’t get any more exciting, some goes and invents unicycle hockey. Unicycle Hockey is a sport and is exactly what sounds like. Hockey played on unicycles, each player mounts onto their unicycle during game game action in order to play the ball. If your not mounted you are not allowed to touch the ball. Just like ice hockey each team sends out 5 players each and no dedicated goalie, this isn’t just something that is played for fun, there are three national unicycle hockey leagues located in the world. Australia’s league features 8 teams, Switzerland is home to about 20 teams and in Germany’s league features 53 teams. Riding a unicycle without falling off is hard enough as it is, but to do while playing a game of hockey would seem almost impossible but it’s not.

Underwater Football

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Underwater Football is a two team sport that shares common elements with two other unusual sports like, underwater hockey and underwater rugby. One thing for sure, the impact of a tackle won’t be half as bad with all water resistance. It is played in a swimming pool using snorekeling equipment and a slightly negatively buoyant ball. The goal of the game is to maneuver the ball from one side of the pool to the other and place it within a gutter to score point. Several ball types have been used throughout the game’s history, these include a 10 pound pool brick, a junior sized NFL style football in junior sized basketball. Air filled balls such as the football or basketball can be made negatively buoyant by filling them with a liquid that is heavier than water such as a strong saline solution or corn syrup.  

Tuk-Tuk Polo

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Tuk-Tuk Polo, traditional polo has been adapted for horses, elephants heck even segways, but now it can even be played from Tuk-Tuk also. The sport was developed as a replacement for another version of polo played elephant backs which was discontinued in 2007 after one of the elephants went on a rampage. Each team consists of players riding two tuk-tuks, on each tuk-tuk there is driver and another player responsible for striking the ball. Players use short mallet like sticks to wield the ball that is similar to a cricket ball. The objective of the sport as with other forms of polo is to score as many goals as possible by striking the ball through the goal posts.

Dragon Boat Tug of War

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Dragon Boat Tug of War is an exciting sport that combines the thrill of a tug of war with the traditional Chinese dragon boat. Teams compete by rowing a dragon boat and then engaging in a tug of war on the shore. The team that pulls the other team across the finish line first, wins. The sport is a great way to bring people together and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a great way to have fun and build team spirit. It also provides a unique physical challenge as teams must work together to pull the boat across the finish line.

Sepak Takraw

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Sepak Takraw is extremely popular in southeast Asia, actually it is very similar to volley ball. There’s just one catch players can pass around the ball using any body part except for their arms. The sport is played with a ball of dried palm leaves. The first versions of Sepak Takraw were not so much of a competition, but rather co-operative displays of skill designed to exercise the body, improve dexterity and loosen the limbs after long periods of sitting, standing or working. But by the 1940’s the net version of the game had spread throughout southeast Asia. Informal rules were introduced, this sport became officially known as Sepak Takraw, also common reffered to as kick volleyball.