Offbeat and quirky, World Games make their mark in Taiwan

By | July 28, 2009

http://xenophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/0022190dec450bcc014351.jpgThe World Games, an Olympics-sanctioned event, showcases 31 sports that have regional appeal but globally fly under the radar.

Televised in 20 countries, viewers saw mermaid-like swimmers glide down lanes without surfacing in the hunt for finswimming medals. They also saw sword duels and female sumo wrestlers. Korfball and lifesaving also got their 15 minutes of fame.

And when female Brazilian athletes went topless on a Kaohsiung beach, police simply asked them to wear more clothes.

As of Friday, Russia led 97 other countries with 33 World Games medals including 15 golds.

via Offbeat and quirky, World Games make their mark in Taiwan | Oddly Enough | Reuters.

The events on the official World Games Site include Aikido and something called “Orienteering”.

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