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[Weird sports] The good, the bad and the bizarre

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Friday, 24 October 2014 - Last Updated on October 24, 2014
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Pentecost+land-divingMove aside basketball and football. There are actually other sports that are getting the interest of people nowadays, sports that can be downright breathtaking, competitive – and a little weird. Have you heard about bed racing? It requires teams to race – with a bed both as sled and boat. Or curling which is similar to hockey except that you use granite stones as pucks and brooms as sticks?

From the bizarre and odd world of sports, here are interesting activities that you may want to try.

Camel Racing

This sport is not suitable in most countries – because you need a camel to join this event! But for countries like Saudi Arabia and Australia, people from all walks of life engage in camel racing. The route takes between three and ten kilometers. Participants bet on players they think would win.

This event already has a cult following and some people started organizing the event in their regions. Like the Alice Springs Camel Cup, Boulia Camel Races, and the Bedourie Camel Cup. In India, camel racings take place during the Bikaner and Pushkar Camel Fairs.

Nude Hiking 

This event is not for the faint-hearted. In fact, it may not even be considered a ‘sport.’ But for those who are into marathons, you may want to be part of this elite group dedicated to baring it all. Yes, baring it all by giving it their all.

Hats down to those who choose to climb steep hills (or mountains) without an inch of clothing on them — aside from their hiking boots. This bizarre activity started in Germany and in Alpenzell, Switzerland and has attracted a number of buffed hikers climbing all year round.

Extreme Ironing

Those who like to iron their clothes can now channel their energy to this pivotal activity that can literally make you sweat. Extreme ironing follows one rule – and that is to iron – tons of it! People who engage in this ‘sport’ are called “ironists” and they get so much excitement and exhilaration from ironing clothes. Um, yeah right.

The fun part is that ironing takes place in unimaginable locations – inside caves, onboard moving vehicles, on high altitude places, and even underwater. Now who wants to it? 

Hulaerobics

Remember when hulahoop was just hulahoop, and you just use it for some sibling competition? Enterprising people have introduced a new perspective into this morning exercise. They discovered hulaerobics.

hula-hooping

Apparently, hulaerobics can be used to improve your balance, tone your muscles and strengthen your core. There are available DVDs on how to go about this body toning activity. We just hope this fad won’t die down easily.

Elephant Polo

Who would want to ride an elephant and play a wee bit of polo as well? Those who want to have their game changed can take on this extreme sport but instead of riding a horse, you will be riding an elephant which is so much bigger and slower than your average stallion. To help you kick balls, a trainer will be on board as well to help you control the elephants. Yes these animals can get a little bit rowdy too.

Take note that this sport has been around ever since the British conquered India and adapted their horseback game with elephants.

Land Diving

Talk about death and tragedies. Yes those who’d like to pursue this kind of challenge should expect a whole lot of pain. The difference between land diving and bungee jumping is that you do this on land where the participant is tied to a high tree (about 20-30 meters). The objective is to jump and to touch the ground. This is for brave and fearless people only.

The pioneers of land diving or Nagol are the Pentecost Islanders in Vanuatu. Land diving is for entertainment only.

Toe Wrestling

This is another counterpart of a childhood game that has gained popularity among adults. Much so because there is already a World Toe Wrestling Championship that dates back to 1976 and started at a bar in Wetton, Derbyshire United Kingdom. This sport was submitted to be part of the Olympic Games in 1997 but was rejected..

Just a bit of an add-on, instead of using the thumb, people use their toes to match and to level up.

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In his 30 plus years of existence, never is Excel V. Dyquiangco ideally your fashion expert because of all the fashion faux pas he has gone through. But writing for the "Beauty and Fashion" section has made him realize that to have that perfect style - and wardrobe - all it takes is a little bit of ingenuity and a change of mindset. He has learned, is learning and will never stop learning.


About Excel Dyquiangco

In his 30 plus years of existence, never is Excel V. Dyquiangco ideally your fashion expert because of all the fashion faux pas he has gone through. But writing for the "Beauty and Fashion" section has made him realize that to have that perfect style - and wardrobe - all it takes is a little bit of ingenuity and a change of mindset. He has learned, is learning and will never stop learning.

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