In Western society we think we have sports all figured out. In America, football is huge at the high school, college and national level. Hockey takes up millions of screens all winter long. Baseball is considered to be the American pastime. March Madness shows just how many people are hooked on basketball. And even soccer has started to grow in popularity.
Then when it comes to the Olympics, the U.S. dominates in the medals, from swimming to gymnastics to horseback riding.
I mean, those are all the main sports, right?
What a bubble we live in. In fact, there are hundreds of other forms of sports out there. Just because we don’t see it at the Olympic level, doesn’t mean it isn’t popular.
In fact, many of these sports have been around for hundreds of years. So how much do you really know about sports?
If you want to be continue to be known as the sports trivia guy, you better freshen up your knowledge with information about these popular sports from around the world!
1. Sepak Takraw
It might take a few tries to commit its name to memory, but it’ll be worthwhile if you do because sepak takraw is a sport you’ll want to tell your friends about.
Native to Southeast Asia and dating back to the 15th century, the sport is best described as “kick volleyball.” It uses a rattan ball and volleyball net (which is positioned lower than a normal volleyball net would be), and is played on a court.
Players can only use their feet, knees, chest and head to touch the ball and propel it over the net. Teams of three participate in rallies with the goal of getting the ball to hit the court on the other side of the net, gaining them points.
Think this sounds only a little more difficult than regular volleyball? Think again. The speed at which the game is played is dizzying and the agility of the players is jaw-dropping. Take a look for yourself at the strange but talented way they maneuver their bodies to get the ball over the net.