If you’re from North America, then there’s a good chance that you watch or play sports such as baseball, hockey, football, soccer, and basketball. These are the most common and popular sports in the West, but there are many other types of sports out there.
In fact, many different countries have their own cultural and traditional sports. Keep reading to learn about some of the most interesting traditional sports that you’ll find in other countries.
Caber toss is a traditional Scottish sport that is part of the Highland Games. Competitors wear kilts and they try to throw cabers that are between sixteen and twenty-two feet long and weigh around one hundred pounds. The competitors attempt to get the cabers to land in a perfect twelve o’clock position. It’s a challenging sport that requires both great strength and precision.
You might have heard of sumo wrestling since the giant men that participate in the sport are iconic in their own right. Not everyone understands what sumo is or why it’s such an important Japanese tradition, though.
Sumo is only practiced by men, and it doesn’t have any weight restrictions. It’s a form of wrestling where two men compete to throw each other out of a defined circular area that is where the competition takes place.
Muay Thai is a traditional martial art in Thailand. It was a martial art long before it became a sport, but it has become very popular over time. In Thailand, learning Muay Thai was an ingrained part of the culture that had to do with survival. Today, many of the most successful mixed martial arts fighters learn this martial art.
Australian Rules Football
Australian Rules Football has been around for quite some time. The earliest reported game occurred in 1852. This is a contact sport that is played by two teams of eighteen, and matches take place on an oval field. It’s most similar to rugby, but it’s well known for being a particularly physical sport.
Bossa Ball is a recent sport that was only invented in 2005. This sport is played in Spain, and it combines elements of other sports such as volleyball, football, capoeira, and trampolining. Interestingly, music is a key part of the game. Officiators are referred to as “samba referees,” and they’re also responsible for being DJs at the event.