With sports like cricket, football, badminton, shooting, athletics, and wrestling making all the headlines, the coverage for other sports has lessened. Have you ever wondered how many different sports are really being played in India? there are games which we don’t even know exist. Let’s have a look at “uncommon” sports which do exist in the country.
This unique sport is played in the Northeast state of Manipur. The is also called as Manipuri rugby which is played with coconut. The name of the game comes from -“Yubi”, Manipuri for coconut and “Lakpi” meaning snatching. The rules are simple as players play in teams of seven on either side and are supposed to score goals in order to win. To score a goal a player has to approach the goal from the front with his oiled coconut and pass the goal line.
An Indian martial art for which originates from Kerala. It is the oldest martial art which still exist in the country. The form is also considered as a sport which practice includes strikes, kicks, grappling, weaponry and healing methods. It takes years to master and is stunning to watch.
Elephant polo is a variant of polo played while riding elephants. It is played in Rajasthan. The game originated in Meghauli, Nepal and Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships.
As far as the rules of the game are concerned each player is given three chances to hit the ball without hooking the sticks. No more than two elephants of a team can be present in any one half of the playfield. Elephants cannot lie down before reaching their goals. They are also not allowed to use their trunks to pick up balls.
Kambala Buffalo Race
The annual buffalo race held in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. The racetrack is a slushy paddy field, and the Buffaloes are driven by a whip-lashing farmer.
Traditional kambala was non-competitive, and the pair was run one by one. In modern kambala, the contest generally takes place between two pairs of buffaloes. In villages such as Vandaro and Choradi, there is also a ritualistic aspect, as farmers race their buffaloes to give thanks for protecting them from diseases.
Historically, the winning pair of buffaloes was rewarded with coconuts and bananas. Today, winning owners earn gold and silver coins. Some organising committees award an eight-gram gold coin as a first prize. In some competitions, cash prizes are awarded.