25 Unusual Sports From Around the World

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1 Kyz Kuu

Kyz Kuu

Among Turkic peoples, there is a sport called “girl chasing” or “Kyz Kuu”, in which a man and a woman race against each other on horseback. If the man wins, he gets a kiss from the woman. If the woman wins, she gets to beat the man with a whip.

2 Buzkashi


The national sport of Afghanistan is Buzkashi; a game where 20 men on horseback beat each other while trying to score a “goal” with a dead goat carcass.

3 Kudu dung spitting

Kudu dung spitting

Kudu dung spitting (Bokdrol Spoeg in Afrikaans) is a sport practiced by the Afrikaner community in South Africa. In the competition small, hard pellets of dung from the kudu antelope, are spat, with the farthest distance reached being the winner.

4 Legend Of The Octopus

Legend Of The Octopus

The Legend Of The Octopus is a sports tradition during Detroit Red Wings games where octopuses are thrown onto the ice surface. In 1995, fans threw 36 octopuses including a specimen weighing 38 lbs.

5 Calcio Storico

Calcio Storico

There is an Italian sport called Calcio Storico that is a combination of rugby, football, and bare-knuckle fighting. It is known as the ‘most violent sport’ in the world.

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6 Shockfighting


There is a sport called ‘Shockfighting’ where 3 million volt tasers are sown into the fighters gloves.

7 Fox tossing

Fox tossing

Fox tossing was a popular sport in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. It involved throwing live foxes high into the air using slings with a person on each end to catapult the fox upwards. The King of Poland held a contest that killed 647 foxes, 533 hares, 34 badgers, and 21 Wildcats.

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8 Bossaball


There is a sport called Bossaball that combines elements of volleyball, football, and gymnastics with music. It is played between two teams of four players on an inflatable court featuring a trampoline on both sides.

9 Shin-kicking


Shin-kicking is a sport in England in which two participants kick each other in the shin until one of them falls.

10 Octopus wrestling

Octopus wrestling

Octopus wrestling was a 1960’s sport which involved diving into shallow water and fighting an octopus back to the surface. The 1963 record was a 57-pounder.

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