Endspiel der Damen beim International Masters 2002 by Michael Goth (Wikimedia)

3 More Interesting Sports of Which You’ve Never Heard

3 More Interesting Sports of Which You’ve Never Heard

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new and interesting sports /games to try out. After all, that’s what keeps it interesting. Below, I’ll discuss three additional sports/games (as a follow up to my prior article on the subject) that will provide for some fun and interesting experiences that should pave the way for some great stories that you can tell to family and friends. Heck, get them to join in. Why not have the whole family hold a haggis-hurling competition punctuate your next holiday dinner?! Awesome!

1. Sholo Guti

Sholo Guti Court by Orko Rudro (Wikimedia)
Sholo Guti Court by Orko Rudro (Wikimedia)

Sholo Guti is a two-player game that may be considered a permutation of checkers.  Generally played by people as a leisure activity, it is prevalent in Bangladesh and other Indian regions.

The game board for this sport, or court, is delineated on the ground and stones are utilized as pawns. In fact, there are sixteen pawns controlled by each player.  With each pawn able to be moved one position forward at a time (as in checkers), a player strives to win the game by collecting points every time his or her pawn passes an opponent’s pawn, with the winning score being sixteen points or such lesser points as may have been agreed upon at the inception of the game- fairly straightforward. 

There is an android app in play store available if you want to give this game a try on your phone.

2. Haggis Hurling

Haggis by Tjmwatson (Flickr)
Haggis by Tjmwatson (Flickr)

Haggis Hurling is a unique sport into which you can really sink your teeth.  It originated from (you guessed it!) Scotland.

As you may know, a haggis is a traditional Scottish pudding containing sheep’s innards such as lungs, liver and heart mixed with onions, oatmeal, suet, salts, and spices. The pudding is cooked and simmered inside the animal’s stomach for three hours- bon appetit?!? 

The sport involves competitively hurling a haggis (unsliced and unopened, of course, unlike the haggis pictured above) for accuracy and distance from a high place (generally a platform such as a barrel)- bombs away! This sport, generally believed to have been invented in the late 1970’s, is characterized by two categories, professional sports play and festival play.  A regulation Haggis is approximately 1.1 pounds (though heavy weight competitions allow haggis up to approximately 2.2 pounds.  Haggis must not break, or a haggis athlete is instantly disqualified (go figure!), so a measure of finesse is required to be a haggis hurling champion (try saying that three times quickly!). 

Oh yeah, and no doping of haggis with firming agents is permitted (and this rule is enforced by a careful inspection, so don’t even think about it!).  The current record holder for haggis hurling is Lorne Coltart with a godlike 217-foot distance (I say, good show!) There is even a World Haggis Hurling Championship.  I better start training if I want to be competitive…

3. Tennikoit

Endspiel der Damen beim International Masters 2002 by Michael Goth (Wikimedia)
Endspiel der Damen beim International Masters 2002 by Michael Goth (Wikimedia)

Tennikoit or also known as tenniquoits or ring tennis is a sport played with a rubber ring. The objective of the sport is to catch the rubber ring and throw it back to the opponents on the other side of the court.

The sport is believed to have originated in Germany.  Tennikoit courts are similar to badminton courts (with tennikoit also lending itself to single- and double-player play). Each instance of play begins with serves and the serves have to land on the opposite box on the opposing side of the court. The play continues with back and forth throwback and catches until one team is unable to catch or throwback within bounds. The match is played in a three-set format with 21 points for each set. 

If you are a good frisbee player, this unique sport may be right up your alley!

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