8 Weirdest Sporting Events to Watch Before You Die
Open (and bend) your mind with these wacky sports from around the world.
In something straight out of Borat, Buzkashi is a game similar to polo—minus one polo ball, plus one dead animal carcass. Yes, the object in this one (the national sport of Afghanistan, mind you) is to pick up the ravaged body of a calf or goat, on horseback, and then clear it in the designated scoring area (goal line, target circle or vat). For those who are offended by its brutality, rest assured the animal is dead prior to gameplay, and it is prepared and eaten afterward. As foreign and obscure as the sport may seem (the horses are trained to bite other opponents), Buzkashi has actually made its way to other counties where it’s played in different forms. In China, participants ride on yak-back. And here in the States, the traditional animal carcass has been replaced by a more PETA-friendly sheepskin-covered ball.