If we compare today’s sports with ancient competitions, we realize that today’s sports are relatively safe and are governed by a set of humane rules. Not only the players are heavily padded but also spectators are kept at a far off distance. Even combat type sports are not life-threatening. However, some incredibly dangerous sports all over the world are threatening but still, participants love playing them and spectators love watching them.
You must be aware of wingsuit jumping/ flying in which a person wears a special type of suit and jumps from the height; allowing the user to fly. Paul Fortun created a dangerous game out of these sports. The competition is organized twice a year since 2008. Participants of this game jump from a height of 4265 feet (1,300 meters) and the first one to reach the ground are the winner. Furthermore, the winner is rewarded with the title of ‘World’s Fastest Flying Human Being’.
Louisiana State prison, also known as Angola has the capacity to keep 5,000 prisoners. In 1964, the management organized an event in which prisoners could show their skills such as riding, broncos, and roping calves. The major event is the one in which four prisoners sit around a table and an infuriated bull attacks them. The last man remaining is considered the winner. Other events include Guts & Glory, bull riding, and Wild Cow Milking.
The Basant festival is the world’s largest kite-flying festival in the subcontinent. The goal behind this competition is to cut the twines of other kites. However, many people use chemical powdered twines and wires to fly kites. This use of chemicals and wires often causes casualties. Many people fall from roofs.
This dangerous bike race, which started in 2003, is held every year in the streets of Valparaiso, Chile. The participants ride their bikes in steep declining streets at high speed. Riders face many difficulties such as sharp turns, jumping from 15 feet, riding on stairs, etc.
Cooper’s Hill is located in Gloucester, England where a yearly contest of cheese rolling is organized. A huge roll of cheese is thrown downwards from a hilltop and the contestants have to chase it before the end line. Although it is not possible to catch that roll as it rolls down at around 70mph people run and nearly all of them fall and get hurt.
World sauna championship started in 1999. It takes place in Heinola, Finland. The contestants of this competition sit in a room with a starting temperature of 110o C (230o F). Staying at such a high temperature not only causes dehydration but third-degree burns and death. Vladimir Ladyzhensky; a contestant died in the final round during 2010 after which the competition was shut down.
James Holt took the responsibility of organizing freestyle alligator wrestling officially for 2010. Participants jump into the water where a wild alligator is waiting to receive them. Participants have to fight head-to-head with the alligator for ten minutes and have to take it out of the pool. If some extra stunts are performed (with an alligator), bonus points are also given.
Have you ever heard of boxing where two players fight in a ring and their gloves with electric current? Well, this is the competition, which Michael Alexander introduced with the name of cockfighting. Cockfighting is banned in all the states of the US and it is no longer encouraged in the rest of the world.
Castrillo de Murcia is a small village in Spain where the baby jumping festival is organized every year during the Corpus Christi feast. Small babies of less than a year are laid down in the streets and men wearing devil costumes jump over them.
Green River Narrows is located near Asheville, NC where the dangerous game of Kayaking takes place. The competition is dangerous enough to kill even experienced kayakers so it is not an official event. Kayakers often get badly hurt by waterfalls as high as 18 feet. Moreover, there is no standby medical assistance.