Sport is an enormous part of human culture, and for centuries people have invented new sports as pastimes. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and tennis are a few of the more mainstream sports, but there are hundreds of different ones that are played all around the world. Many of these are old, traditional sports, whilst there are also some strange modern ones that have emerged in just the last few years. Here are 10 of the strangest sports played worldwide, and we would be lying if we said we didn’t fancy giving a few of these a go ourselves.
Kabaddi resembles the schoolyard game of tag, but it also has roots in Indian wrestling and allows you to tackle your opponent to the ground. It is the national game of Bangladesh and Nepal, having originated in Ancient India. Each year there is a World Cup in South Asia, and India has won this every single year since it started. During a game, the “raider” must run across the center line and tag players on the opposing team, before returning to their own half. This may sound simple enough, but the raider must also do all of this whilst holding his breath when in the opponent’s half, and upon returning the raider will chant “kabaddi, kabaddi” with his exhaling breath to show that he has not inhaled. It has recently reached the UK and there is now a governing body, and could well one day be a popular global sport.