Forget the 100m sprint, forget the rowing, and forget the decathlon...we’ve uncovered some weird and wonderful sports from around the world, and ones which should definitely be contenders for the 2016 Olympics.
Haka Pei - Easter Island, Chile
Once an initiation for tribesmen, in which they were strapped to a banana stump and sent hurtling down a hill at over 70kph, this sport is now an Easter Island tradition that takes place each year for the Tapati Rapanui festival. Looks like absolute child’s play to us...
Camel Polo – Dubai
Whether it’s skiing indoors, or dining in an underwater restaurant, there are so many fantastic activities where you think ‘only in Dubai’ – and camel polo is one of them!
Panjat Pinang – Java, Indonesia
What better way to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day than by greasing up wooden poles in town squares, and having locals attempt to shimmy up them to retrieve TVs and other prizes from the top? Genius.
Mayan Football –Chichen Itza, Mexico
If you visit the Chichen Itza in Mexico, Copan in Honduras, or Tikal in Guatemala you’ll see imposing terraces where the Mayans played a brutal and symbolic form of football. It used three balls, one of which had to be hoisted through a stone hoop, and legend has it the captain of the winning team would be decapitated at the end.
Palio horse race – Siena, Italy
Having started in 1701, the historic Palio horse race takes place in Siena twice a year (on the 2nd of July, and 16th of August) – it is opened with a colourful parade before horses tear around the central piazza at break-neck speed.
Capoeira – Salvador, Brazil
Part martial art, part dance, capoeira originated from African slaves in Brazil and is a beautiful and hugely athletic sport to watch. To see it for yourself, the best place has got to be Salvador -Brazil's arts and culture capital, which you can experience in our East Coast Brazil Honeymoon.