Bizarre sports: World toe wrestling and shin-kicking championships kick off
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Bizarre sports: World toe wrestling and shin-kicking championships kick off

August 8, 2019


It’s not the most renowned international sporting
competition, but things were kicking off in a pub in the East Midlands as they held the
38th World Toe Wrestling Championships. Yes, that’s right. Competitors went toe to
toe to battle it out, and it’s a bit more complex than it looks. You’ve just got to get the other person’s
ankle to touch, or toes, to touch the other side of the board. You start on the same line,
you can shuffle once you’ve started but your foot has to stay on the board in between the
lines, and you’ve just got to touch the side. The fancy footwork, which took place at Bentley
Brook Inn in Derbyshire, saw reigning world champion Alan “Nasty” Nash returning for the
11th time. Everybody thinks you’ve got to have big toes,
but short, stubby toes – that’s what’s best. I prefer the long toes coming up against me
because they snap easier. And if that wasn’t bizarre enough, the world
shin-kicking championships also took place in the Cotswolds. Over the last four centuries
brave competitors have stuffed their trousers with straw before attempting to kick each
other until one of them falls over.

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  1. Blimming gross! Although I always am fascinated when they start the Ultimate Nose Picker Tournament.

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