The games that didn't make Rio 2016 Olympics...

2016-08-17 15:51 - Carina Greeff
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Cape Town - Olympics fever has undoubtedly struck, as we get up in the wee hours of the morning to catch our heroes in their finals.

You're probably enjoying a few newly discovered sports and, when nobody's looking, trying out your newly found gymnastics skills in and around the house. 

There are, however, a few games that didn't make the cut. Try them out, but don't expect to take the gold anytime soon.

10 actual games you won't catch at the Olympics

1. Chess boxing

Genius! This makes the decision between playing chess and boxing so much easier. This perfect challenge for mind and body originated in Berlin and is the brain child of Iepe Rubingh, also the president of the The World Chess Boxing Organisation. Chess boxers complete six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing to be crowned the champion. 

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2. Zorbing

One you might have tried at a festival or theme park, Zorbing essentially involves rolling downhill in an inflated plastic ball, comfortably cushioning the rider from the journey's blows. Some variations include Zorbing on water or bubble soccer - playing football wearing a bubble suit. Perhaps a 100m downhill Zorb can be added to the 2020 schedule? Or will Germany take the Zorb football title?

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3. Extreme ironing

Believe it or not, 'ironists' aim to reach the most epic spots for a casual iron. Mountain climbing, sky diving, cycling - all while ironing out those stubborn creases. This extreme sport is believed to have originated in England when a rock climber decided to get his chores done while embracing the outdoors. Today, many challenge each other by ironing in increasingly extreme places.


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4. Oil wrestling

Although practiced in numerous countries globally, oil wrestling is a fond favourite among Turkish locals - also their national sport. Wrestlers cover themselves in olive oil and challenge each other to a slippery bout of wrestling. Oil wrestling is not limited to Turkey and is also practiced in Greece, Japan and the Netherlands. An annual three-day tournament in Turkey determines the champion pehlivan (wrestler).


5. Air guitar

Although not included in the Olympics, air guitarists are preparing for the 21st annual Air Guitar World Championships to take place in Finland. The key rule to this competition? Your instrument - be it electric or acoustic guitar - has to be invisible.

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6. Cheese rolling

Teams of four can battle out in this unique competition. Teams roll a wooden wheel of cheese downhill to be crowned cheese rolling champs! This version of the sport hails from Stilton, England. Another, slightly crazy variation takes place in Gloucestershire where contestants essentially chase a wheel of Gloucestershire cheese down the very steep Cooper's Hill. The winner gets to keep the cheese!


7. Ostrich racing

Perhaps our local Oudtshoorn ostrich racers can give this a go. This race is not only popular on South African ostrich farms, but races are held in various locations in America, where ostrich jockeys head for the finish line on their feathered friends.

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8. Sepak takrow

Volleyball meets soccer - teams can basically use their entire body, except their hands, to get the ball over the net. This is quite a difficult game and requires some flexibility. The game originated in Southeast Asia and is believed to be an old Chinese military exercise.

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9. Caber tossing

In this popular Scottish sport, a 6m wooden log, weighing 79kg, has to be thrown accurately after keeping the massive pole upright - heavy end at the top. The straightest toss scores the highest. 

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10. Shovel racing

One we'd love to see at the Winter Olympics is shovel racing. Originating from ski lift operators who wanted to slide down the slopes quickly, this sport was originally a part of the X games, but was canned from the programme for being too dangerous.

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