A Sport is defined as any form of competitive activity which through the use of casual or organized rules aims to maintain, use or improve the physical ability of participants and provide entertainment to the public. This somewhat “loose” of definition of sports has seen many games that sometimes baffle human logic spring up.
According to World Sports Encyclopedia, there are over 8,000 sports throughout the world. However, many people argue that if you narrow down the definition to cover only those sports that have events/tournaments and involves a lot of physical activity then the list comes down to 442 recognised sports. Here are three sports that will blow your mind;
There is no winner or loser in kemari. The aim is simply to pass the deerskin ball to other players
Kemari, which is played primarily for pleasure of both players and spectators, is a Japanese sport that was first played in 644. It is a very physical sport whose aim is to keep the ball in the air using heads, feet, knees, back and elbows. Kemari is played on a 6 or 7 meters squared flat ground.
2. Eton Wall Game
Only played in one place on earth, the goals are a door and a tree, and they haven’t scored since 1909. Welcome to the eton wall game.
If ever there was a pointless game, this is it. Played only at England’s famous Eton College- a breeding ground for kings, prime ministers and noble men, it is not known exactly when the first eton wall game was first played, but the first recorded game was in 1756. The first of the big saint Andrew’s day matches was probably played in 1844. The rules must have been obviously more agreed by then, but they were not printed until 5 years later.
The eton wall game which is similar to football and rugby union is played on a 5 by 110 metres strip of ground next to a slightly curved brick wall (The Wall), built in 1717. At each end of the wall is a special area known as calx. Each team tries to move the ball towards the opponent’s calx and aims to lift it against the wall with his foot in order to earn a “shy” (worth one point), at which point a teammate touches the ball with his hands and yells “Got it!”
Each game is played one hour split into two halves of 30 minutes each. No goals have been recorded in the St. Andrew Day Game since 1909.
1. Calcio storico
Apart from the kick off there are no real rules for the game
Calcio storico or calico in costume is one of the oldest recorded ball game- its origin dates far back as the 15th century in Florence. It is a violent mix of football, wrestling, soccer and boxing and is believed to have begun as a way to keep military troops in shape when they were not warring. The tournament is played once every year in June in Florence's Piazza Santa Croce on a thick layer of sand.
A goal is made by throwing the ball over 4 foot high wooden wall that runs across the field. It seems there are no real guidelines for the game - just the aim of making a goal. The players do anything in their power to stop their opponents from scoring when the round ball is tossed around the field. Punching, kicking, tackling and clawing are all acceptable tactics used to stop the rampaging opponent (biting and sand throwing are tactics that have emerged in recent events).