UNIT: Unusual kinds of sports

Pre-Intermediate. Wh-questions. Спорт/Здоровье


to involve - включать pity the poor - несчастный
to grab - захватывать upside down - вверх ногами
significant - существенный to take (took, taken) place - состояться
an obstacle - препятствие to include - включать
a spouse - супруг currently - в данный момент

Which kind of sport is the most unusual in the world? Let's see.

  • Wife Carrying

The name explains it all - this race in Sonkajärvi, Finland involves grabbing your (willing!) significant other, and carrying her on your back through an obstacle course faster than anyone else. There are several types of 'methods' of carrying your spouse - pity the poor Estonian wife who gets carried upside down !

The World Championships take place in Sonkajärvi on the first weekend in July.  

  • Elephant Polo 

Why ride on horseback when you can go higher - and mount an elephant instead? This extreme version of the sport - sort of like hockey but on the back of an elephant - is played in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, with teams from all over the world playing against each other in a field.

The Kings Cup Elephant Polo takes places on the 15th March 2010 in Thailand, at the Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai.

  • Speedcubing
What do you know about it? Speedcubing is a sport, which includes doing the Rubik’s cube as quick as possible. Currently the world record for a single decision of 3x3x3 is 7.08 seconds; set on July 12-13, in 2008. Some people think that it is not a real sport and it may seem as a game for children. But everybody who tried to do the Rubik’s cube knows that it is not so easy. So we can include it to the mental kinds of sport as chess and etc.

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