Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide (UPDATED)Posted By: Shraddha Roy | August 23, 2017
Any person has played one or the other sports in his lifetime and often have deep passion or follow sports for recreations. As such sports have pretty large fan-bases and there are often debates on which sports is the most popular in the world. But here in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide we take a look at the overlooked games that range from funny to just bizarre.
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Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide
At number 1 in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide is Ferret Legging. Ferret Legging is sports cum endurance test where ferrets are trapped in trousers worn by the participants and the winner is the last person to release the animal. The game happens to be popular among the coal miners of Yorkshire, England and the world record for longest time in Ferret legging is an astounding five hours and thirty minutes!
At number 2 is Sheep Counting. This is not a joke, it’s an actual sport! The game involves hundreds of sheep dashing past the competitors who then try to count them. As simple as the game gets, it’s not that easy as it requires quite a lot of concentration to make sure the counting is accurate considering that there are so many sheep and all look the same. Well, it is quite boring though as there is hardly anything in it for the viewers and you bet the players are also bored considering all they do is just count.
At number 3 in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide is Extreme Ironing. It is one of the most bizarre extreme sports where contestants take their ironing board, clothing and Iron to the most remotest and dangerous location possible and then, well they just Iron! Its motto is “a game that combines the thrill of extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt”!
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At number 4 in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide is Wife carrying. On first thought it might not even sound like an actual sports but as surprising as it might be, it is. The aim of the sport is that the male successfully carries his wife to the finish line while covering an obstacle course in the least amount of time. The game also has special prizes for good costumes!
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At number 5 is Redneck Games. Some of events that are held during the Redneck games include cigarette flip, seed spitting, mud pit belly hop, Toilet seat throwing, Dumpster diving, etc. Believe it or but they are actual events! Winner in each of these individual events are even awarded trophies which is half crushed empty mounted beer can!
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At number 6 in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide is Unicycle Hockey. As the name suggests, it’s basically hockey with players mounted on top of Unicycles. This game is usually played in indoor courts, gyms or tennis courts. As weird as it may sound there are actually four Unicycle Hockey leagues in UK, Germany, Switzerland and Australia.
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At number 7 is Chess Boxing. The previous sports in the list are still what can be called traditional sports but here on the bizarre sports starts and it starts with Chess. Combining the brains of playing chess with the brawn of boxing, Chess Boxing is basically the best of both worlds where contestant have alternate rounds of chess and boxing. As bizarre as it is, it’s no wonder it is one of the least popular sports in the world.
At number 8 in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide is Kabaddi. Kabaddi originated from India and the term is an umbrella term for its various types like Sanjeevani, Amar and Gaminee. Kabaddi though might be an obscure sport it is popular in India and is played by kids. It is also popular in Bangladesh. Despite that, it is still relatively unpopular and though it does have its own World Cup it doesn’t have much fanfare.
At number 9 in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide is Fencing. Fencing might be one of the more refined contact games but still it doesn’t enjoy the same fanfare as its other contact game cousins. The less popularity can be credited to the fact that it doesn’t have much drama going on to really connect with the emotions of the viewer. Still it’s a bit popular and has own niche fans.
At number 10 in Top 10 Least Popular Sports Worldwide is Archery. Archery was a major sports event back in the medieval ages where skill in archery often earned huge fame and success but now it doesn’t enjoy the same appeal and lags behind the shooting games. Archery still enjoys some popularity considering the fact that it is an Olympic game but still its fan base is limited.
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