7 Unusual Sports from Around the World

7 Unusual Sports from Around the World

Most of us know about popular sports such as basketball, volleyball, and football. However, there are plenty more sporting activities all over the world that many are unfamiliar with. From sports that are played underwater to another that involves tuna fish, check out this list of 7 unusual sports from around the world you just might want to try out.


#7 Curling


Curling was first played in medieval Scotland but is most popular today in Canada. It is an Olympic sport that is played by 2 to 4 teams who have to slide a heavy stone over a rectangular sheet of ice towards a designated target area using brooms. The ice surface is pebbled to help with the stone’s grip.


#6 Tuna Throwing


 Tuna throwing, or tuna toss. started in Australia in the year 1979 when locals at Port Lincoln thought of a fun way to incorporate their tuna fishing industry into their Tunarama festival. This sport is an event in the annual festival.


#5 Headis


Headis or header table tennis is basically a hybrid of soccer and table tennis. Invented in 2006 by a sports science student from Germany, it is played on a ping pong table where the 2 players head-butt an inflated ball to each other’s side. The sport isn’t as popular in other countries but it is currently part of the sports program in 15 universities in Germany.


#4 Cricket


To be fair, cricket isn’t all that unusual outside the Philippines, being England’s national sport, involving 2 teams with 11 players each. Although it is said to have similarities with baseball, as it is a bat-and-ball game played in a large field, the actual gameplay and rules are fairly different. Cricket is played throughout the world and is popular in Pakistan, Australia, India, West Indies, and the British Isles.


#3 Octopush


Originating from the United Kingdom in the 1950s, this sport, which is also known as underwater hockey is essentially what it sounds like. 2 teams try to lead a puck into each other’s goal all while underwater. This sport is also played in countries such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada.


#2 Netball


Netball emerged from early revisions of basketball, which eventually transformed into a sport of its own. It is a ball sport played by 2 teams who will try to shoot a ball into each other’s ring. It is much like basketball but with only 7 players, a smaller ball and ring, and dribbling is not allowed. Its players are predominantly female and it is popular in commonwealth nations.



#1 Kabaddi kabaddi

Originating in India back in ancient times, kabaddi is one of the national sports of Nepal. With the objective being for both teams to earn points by raiding each other’s side of the court while touching as many opponents as possible without getting caught, kabaddi is widely played in the Indian subcontinent due to its simplicity. A distinct characteristic of the sport is also that each player must be yelling, “kabaddi!” while attacking their opponents.


Image sources: Global News, Portlncolntimes, Wall Street Journal, commons.wikimedia.org, Sport.ox.ac.uk, Anzcourside

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