When you think about sports, you probably think about whichever ones are most relevant to your area or country. For most Americans, that might be baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and hockey. However, these are not all-encompassing. There are interesting sports from around the world being played every single day.
This sport comes all the way from Norway. Long ago, before the invention of cars, getting across Norway meant putting on a pair of skis and sliding around. At some point, someone figured out that they could move much faster if they could get dogs or horses to pull them instead. Over the years, it evolved from a means of transportation into a competitive sport. Dogs, horses, or even motorized vehicles pull skiers behind them down a snowy path. Much like in skiing, the fastest time wins.
In Japan, army cadets played this game with up to 150 people on each side. Bo-Taoshi roughly translates to English as “pole pull down.” The objective is to push your opponents’ pole until it reaches a thirty-degree angle with the ground. Players climb up and down each other to get the best point of leverage and force it down toward the ground. Watching just a few minutes of this wild game is evidence enough that this is one of the most interesting sports from around the world.
This one actually comes from the United States! Developed in Seattle, Pickleball is a cross between tennis, ping pong, and badminton. Pickleball is a sport that’s super easy to get into; you only need one or three other people, rackets, and a ball! If you’re looking to find a new activity to play with your friends or family, try pickleball. It’s fun, easy, and can be played almost anywhere!
Everyone has their sport of choice they love to watch; these are only a few examples of other incredibly popular international games. If you find yourself curious, look online for clips of skijøring and bo-taoshi, and maybe even consider getting a game of pickleball going yourself! They’re all a great source of entertainment and exercise.