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Michael IELTS Band 9
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Wife-carrying and other crazy sports

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-43689192

The town of Dorking, in the county of England where I grew up, recently staged the 11th UK wife-carrying competition. See the BBC article.  The contestants had to carry wives across difficult terrain. 

Apparently, this sport dates back to 793AD and comes from the Vikings (who else?!).  

Do you have any strange or amusing sports in your country?  Have a nice evening.

Apr 8, 2018 7:26 PM
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That’s hilarious!

In Switzerland there is Swiss wrestling, but it’s a darn serious matter among peasants.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PFGgix4Jhbw

April 8, 2018
helo everyone,

Alphy, 
there is a sport similar that what you point to, it's  Leon struggle.I think there are variants such as Canarias struggle. These struggles are federated sports (they are traditional sports) in Spain.

lucha canaria
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE60QB1ONtQ

lucha leonesa
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzErggU4GpU

Once I saw this on tv:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKdDg6qyvik

I thought if this is a record, how many people in the world make this and why???

Michael, thanks for the link and I laughed a lot especially for the elegance of the boys. 

April 9, 2018
I heard about Chess Box. And yes, it's exactly what you hear - people fight in a boxing ring and play a chess match a few minutes later. 
April 9, 2018

Thanks for entertaining replies. Perhaps the Vikings brought their crazy sport to the Finns too.

If you want more evidence of British sporting eccentricity, Google birdman, bog snorkelling and extreme ironing y favourite).

April 9, 2018
I've never heard about wives-competitions! That's really interesting! 

I live in Kaliningrad. A small city near the Baltic sea. Here we have a winter's swimming competitions. The temperature of the water is not more than 5,4 C, but there are still many people who likes cold. I would never participate))) my maximum only 16C )) very refreshing ))
April 8, 2018
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Michael IELTS Band 9
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