Sport is a major element of human culture, and humans have devised new sports as pleasures for ages. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, and tennis are some of the more popular sports, but there are hundreds of others practiced all over the world. Many of them are old, traditional sports, but there are also some bizarre new ones that have only recently arisen. Here is the list of the weirdest sports in the world.

Kabaddi

Kabaddi is similar to tag in school, but it also has origins in Indian wrestling and allows you to tackle your opponent to the ground. It began in Ancient India and is the national sport of Bangladesh and Nepal. Every year, South Asia hosts a World Cup, which India has won every year since it began. During a game, the “raider” must cross the center line and tag opposing team members before returning to their own half.

Sepak Takraw

Sepak Takraw may appear strange to most Westerners, yet it is a hugely popular sport in Asia and has been present since the 15th century. It translates to “kick ball,” yet it has nothing to do with soccer. Volleyball is a more accurate parallel since a court is divided by a net and both sides must keep the ball aloft or the opposing team scores a point. Unlike volleyball, though, you are not permitted to use your hands and must instead rely on your feet, knees, or chin.

Zorbing

Zorbing, one of the more recent sports to emerge, is an extreme activity that has grown in popularity in recent years. It’s easy to understand why, since taking part looks like a lot of fun, and it’s also rather amusing to watch. There does not appear to be any competition aspect, making it more of a recreational pastime than a sport. It entails going inside a giant inflatable ball made of clear plastic and then being tossed down a slope, causing you to tumble around until you come to a stop.

Boxing chess

Chess and boxing are normally two opposed sorts of competition, but one individual thought it would be a brilliant idea to combine the two to create a new hybrid sport. The outcome is simply known as chess boxing, and the originator is Dutch performance artist Lepe Rubingh. The inaugural competition was held in Berlin in 2003, but it has since grown in popularity and is currently played throughout Germany, the United Kingdom, India, and Russia, with significant organizations and contests held each year.

Ironing

If you have a huge pile of ironing that you simply cannot face, you might want to spice it up by participating in extreme ironing. This is an extreme sport as well as a performance art that started in the United Kingdom, but a documentary on the sport helped promote it throughout the world, and it is now done internationally. As the name implies, it involves people transporting ironing boards to remote and extreme regions and ironing garments.

Hornussen

Hornussen is an indigenous Swiss sport that is said to have started in the 17th century and is now gaining prominence outside of Switzerland. It was traditionally performed by Swiss farmers to resolve conflicts in the hamlet or to demonstrate one’s might. It is one of the weirdest sports in the world. The greatest analogy would be a cross between golf and baseball, with a batting team whipping a puck (hornuss) into the air.

Bossaball

Anyone who says they don’t want to play Bossaball is obviously lying, since it seems like a lot of fun, and any activity that involves trampolines is always amazing. Bossaball is a new sport invented in 2004 by Filip Eyckmans (Belgium), however it was initially played in Spain. It is one of the weirdest sports in the world. It is most typically seen on beaches across the world and combines aspects of volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, and capoira.

Rolling Cheese

England developed amazing sports such as soccer, cricket, rugby, tennis, and squash, and now cheese rolling may be added to the list. It is one of the weirdest sports in the world.  Every year, a race near Gloucester, England, sees a nine-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese pushed down a hill. Contestants must then chase after the cheese, with the first person to cross the finish line at the bottom earning the cheese.

Buzkashi

Unlike the majority of the entries, it is impossible to envisage this sport gaining popularity in Western society. Buzkashi (which translates to “goat dragging”) is the national sport of Afghanistan and is popular across Central Asia. The game involves participants riding on horseback dragging a goat corpse (or similar animal) past obstacles and then throwing it into a circle at the opposite end of the playing area for a goal.

Bo-Taoshi

Bo-Taoshi is a weird, chaotic, crazy, and very amusing Japanese sport that was created as a training exercise for the Japanese military. It’s similar to capture the flag, but much more intense, and it always ends in full chaos with 75 people on assault and 75 on defense. The assaulting team must bring a perpendicular to the ground wooden pole down to a 30 degree angle. The defensive team must stop them, and they do it in a (relatively) planned fashion using various locations.

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