Top Most Bizarre Sports in Olympic History

0
Tug Of War
Tug Of War

1. Tug of War

Tug Of War

The first obscure event to be contested at an Olympics was the Tug-of-War. Running from 1900 to 1920, this actually lasted a lot longer than others on our list. The main reason for this was so it was fairly exciting to view, ended quickly and wasn't that dangerous. As I'm sure everybody knows, this event involved teams grabbing one end each of a lengthy rope and wanting to pull another over a centre line for victory.
Interestingly for an official Olympic event, the guidelines weren't overly clear. Teams could possibly be made up of an assortment of nationalities and specific guidelines were never clarified to anyone. It seemed like it was only a good excuse to possess a little fun for the people watching and participants.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

2. Croquet

Croquet

Aaah the gentle English game of Croquet. If you have not been aware of it before, contestants work with a wooden mallet going to their coloured ball through hoops stuck in the ground. Once they have knocked their ball through every one of the hoops in sequence they win. It's actually a fairly engaging way of spending time but an Olympic sport? Certainly not!
Making its bow in 1900, it only lasted this one Olympics due to general dis-interest. Although quite fun to play, it's not a demanding athletic challenge and very boring to watch. These two elements led to it living a short-lived life in Olympic history.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

3. Curling

Curling

Although curling is rather well-known as a sport, its inclusion in the Olympics has always seemed somewhat odd. After all, it's not precisely the most physically demanding and not at all something that's wildly popular throughout the globe. As well as that, the rules and way you play this indicates strange to most people too.
It seems the general idea would be to fling big granite stones down some ice towards a bulls-eye at another end. This is not too weird but it's what goes on next that's hard to fathom! Following the stone is released, others using what appear to be brooms sweep round the stone until it stops. The reasons with this are unclear but they all appear to be having a superb time.
Still a the main Winter Olympics, this sport probably will remain so for a lot more years so it may be worth discovering just how it works for the next occasion it's on. It's very slow also though so don't be prepared for edge of the seat thrills. In terms of Olympic events go though, it is unquestionably one of the more obscure and less well-known.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

4. Gliding

Gliding

The 1936 Olympics was an odd event in the game's history. Not merely was it held in Berlin at the very height of Nazi rule (but pre-World War II naturally) but gliding was included being an event. In much the same way as hot-air ballooning it is a good past-time for people but not really a sport people want to view in the Olympics.
This insufficient public appetite generated it only appearing the once and then being quickly forgotten. Although it had only been included as a display event (i.e. no medals got out), organisers had planned to produce it the state event if successful. Sadly for gliding enthusiasts, this was false!

The annals of the Olympic games has seen many events come and go but the ten above are surely the most obscure to produce it being an Olympic sport. Though some might be games we've heard of, their inclusion in the summit of sporting excellence can just only be referred to as bizarre! It's not surprising that most are no longer included really considering another events being offered in a Olympics.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

5. Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

1900 was one weird year for the Olympic games! It seems organisers made a decision to refresh the brand that year and included an entire host of bizarre events that were similar to hobbies than athletic pursuits. One of these was the Hot Air Ballooning event that made its one and only appearance during that year.
64 contestants fired their balloons up in 1900 and were marked by judges on various criteria such as distance travelled and endurance. Not surprisingly, it didn't catch up with the general public and was never seen again at an Olympics. I guess it's some of those things that's fun to do but pretty boring to view so was always going to struggle.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

6. Jeu de Paume

Jeu De Paume

A rather obscure sport in its right, the inclusion of Jeu de Paume at the 1908 games was most odd. The game itself is similar to a French version of tennis in which players hit the ball making use of their hands rather than a racquet. Indeed, it's thought that the modern game of lawn tennis most of us love is derived from this older version.
Although quite exciting, like other events on this list it had a short-lived Olympic career and was soon dropped to make room for other events. Maybe the lack of a racquet was key here? Seeing a grown man hit a ball over a net together with his bare hands was obviously just not at all something that the general public wanted to watch!

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

7. Kite Flying

Kite Flying

1900 was one weird year for the Olympic games! This indicates organisers chose to refresh the brand that year and included a complete host of bizarre events which were similar to hobbies than athletic pursuits. One of these was the Hot Air Ballooning event that made its one and only appearance through that year.
64 contestants fired their balloons up in 1900 and were marked by judges on various criteria such as for example distance travelled and endurance. Unsurprisingly, it didn't catch up with the public and was never seen again at an Olympics. I guess it's some of those things that's fun to complete but pretty boring to watch so was always planning to struggle.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

8. Live Pigeon Shooting

Live Pigeon Shooting

This is an extremely odd choice to include in a massive public spectacle including the Olympic games and only happened once due to its unpopularity. Indeed, it's the sole amount of time in Olympic history when animals were killed on purpose. Although attitudes around animal welfare were not as advanced because they are now, most people still couldn't stomach it hence its short life-span.
The function itself was virtually since it sounds! Live pigeons were released about 25 metres facing the different competitors and they'd to shoot dead as much as possible to win 20,000 French Francs. The total amount of blood and innocent animal slaughter was just an excessive amount of though and organisers soon realised their mistake.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

9. Roller Hockey

Roller Hockey

Taking devote the Barcelona games of 1992, this was included as an exhibition event but was still a strange one to put in at all! Although the game of roller hockey is popular in a few areas of the entire world, it can't really be put alongside another classic Olympic events in comparison.
For once, this was at the least exciting to watch and something that the general public could enjoy. Although somewhat rough for the players, it had been also no danger to spectators either! Even though the reception for this event was decent, organisers didn't see enough potential to make it the state event for the future.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

10. Solo Synchronized Swimming

Solo Synchronized Swimming

This event was the main Olympics from 1984 to 1992 and is apparently among the stranger ones ever to have made it. After all, isn't the whole point to be synchronised that you've others there to mirror? It really doesn't look as impressive when you're active by yourself really.
Ending up looking like a form of acrobatic, aquatic ballet this event was soon discarded as the public never took to it. They found it either boring or just couldn't grasp the entire notion of calling a solo performer ‘synchronized '. Of course, fans of the function will mention the performer was synchronizing with the music but it's still a rum do. It did pretty well to last so long as it did really and it was no real surprise to see it dropped eventually.

by

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Leave your vote

1000 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Add your submission

Image Video Audio Text Embed

This field is required

Drop Image Here

or

Get image from URL

Maximum upload file size: 8 MB.

Processing...

This field is required

Drop Video Here

or

e.g.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwoKkq685Hk

Add

Supported Services:

Maximum upload file size: 10 MB.

Processing...

This field is required

Drop Audio Here

or

e.g.: https://soundcloud.com/community/fellowship-wrapup

Add

Supported Services:

Maximum upload file size: 5 MB.

Processing...

This field is required

e.g.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwoKkq685Hk

Supported Services:

Processing...

This post was created with our nice and easy submission form. Create your post!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here