11 Variants of Popular Sports Practiced Across the World!

Variety is the spice of life! Being a sports enthusiast, if you feel bored of the popular sports at any time, look into these variations of the usual ones that you generally cheer for!

1. Gille Danda

Cricket played with a stick instead of a bat is exactly the structure of Gilli Danda. Previously Gilli Danda was as amateur sports played in the rural parts of India. The game’s origins in India date back to at least the Maurya Dynasty. It is believed to be the origin of Western games such as cricket, baseball and softball.

2. Toe Wrestling

This quirky sport has its origins in the United Kingdom. As you might be able to tell from the pictures, toe wrestling revolves around a fairly simple concept. Contestants stick their feet onto the 'toedium', the umpire yells 'toes away', and the match begins. To win, the rival’s big toe must be forced to the ground two times over the course of up to three rounds. The first round is held with the right foot, the second with the left, and the third (if it’s necessary) with the right again.

3. Para- Snowmobiling

This sport is more for adventure enthusiasts. It involves attaching your snowmobile to a parachute- the easy part, and then driving the vehicle off a cliff.

4. Head Ping Pong

No hands allowed! Head Ping Pong is a high-intensity German sport combining ping pong and soccer. A regular ping pong table is used but the 7" ball can only be struck by a competitors head. The sport has been around for 8 years and continues to grow.

5. Underwater Ice Hockey

So you always thought that you could only swim underwater? Underwater ice hockey is played upside-down underneath the ice of frozen lakes with a floating puck by teams of two divers in wet suits and flippers. Having originated in Austria, underwater ice hockey is fast gaining popularity in different parts of the world.

6. Fowling

The rules of fowling, a hybrid of football and bowling, are simple: two teams set up bowling pins across from one another and take turns trying to knock each other’s pins down by throwing a football. The first team to knock down all of the opposing team’s pins wins.

7. Artistic Cycling

Show your art on your cycle. Throw in a cycle to the mix and you have a sport in which individuals or pairs present a 5-minute artistic display on wheels. Though less-known, the sport was invented in the 1950s and had its first World Championships way back in 1956.

8. Kayak Polo

Kayak Polo, also known as Canoe Polo overseas, is an official international sport that is a cross between water polo, basketball, and hockey. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the goal of the opposing team. This game expects the players to be skilful not just in ball handling but also in canoeing. As opposed to normal kayaks, the canoes used for the sport as specially designed and are lighter and faster.

9. Horse Boarding

One form of extreme sports! The participants are towed behind a horse at 35mph on an off-road skateboard. Professional stuntman Daniel Fowler-Prime, 31, invented the sport five years ago after he strung a rope between his off-road 'mountain board' and a horse.

10. Donkey Basketball

A variation of the standard game of basketball, this sport is played by teams of four players who must be astride their mounts in order to shoot, pass or play defence. Dribbling is nonexistent. Participants wear elbow pads and helmets, and they usually attend a briefing on the rules and treatment of the animals. This sport originated in America during the 1930s when the Great Depression ravaged the country and the people found cheap amusement in this invention.

11. Bike Surfing

Surfing is not always on water! It can be a dirt ride, as done by Robbie Maddison- the Australian stunt rider famous for his display of skills in the movie ‘Skyfall’, the cool quotient of surfing breaks the roof.

So which country would you like to visit to watch or play that variant sport? Let us know!

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