One of the stragest sports is created in Finfland and it is called wife carrying. Wife is a beautiful shot to keep in shape. This simple thought came to mind to the Finnish bandits back in 1800. The ringleaders of gangs have sought to improve its combat readiness of the band, and the robbers had to prove what they are inappropriate. As a kind of test for physical training, many have chosen bride kidnapping. Over the years, from the criminal circles this activity has moved into the world of sports. Championship of the world wife carrying is held annually in the Finnish city of Sonkayarvi.
The sport rules are the following. This one the funny sports is played when a wife sits on her husband's neck, and he flees to 253.5 meters with obstacles from water, sand and grass. It isn't recommended to drop the wife: even if she does not get injured, 15 penalty seconds accurately are assessed. Wives must be at least 17 years old and 49 kg lighter. Especially graceful is necessary to use weighting. In addition to individual competition prizes are played in the team competition, where three men have a woman at a time, as well as triathlon: you need to drag a lady on the hill, ride her mountain bike without the luggage and run through the traditional distance.
If you are bored with traditional sports, welcome to the Championship of wife carrying. These strange sports competitions are held annually in Sonkayarvi - a beautiful small town in eastern Finland. To participate in the competition there should be a couple - a man who acts as a "porter", and a woman who plays the role of "goods". Enthusiasts come from all over Europe, and some participants come from North and South America and even Australia.
It is believed that the basis of competition is an ancient custom of bride kidnapping. And the legend says that a hundred years ago in this region there lived a famous robber Rosva-Ronkaynen. It took a whole bunch of them only a strong and robust guys, thus exposing them to all newcomers verification. One of the tests was that, to snitch a girl from the village and escape, carrying her on his back.
It is believed that the organizers of the Championship, carrying their wifes reflect the attitude toward life. Wives and the men who carry them are not afraid of difficulties and make jokes to overcome the obstacles. They insisted on going forward, holding tight to each other, but in their eyes there gleamed a cheerful light.
In addition to exciting sports spectators and participants expect festivals, fairs, karaoke and other entertainment.
- The official length of the track is 253.5 meters.
- On the route there are two "dry" and one water obstacle.
- You can move your wife, the wife of a neighbor or any other woman, but she must be older than 17 years.
- The minimum weight of "cargo" is 49 pounds. If a woman weighs less, she should wear a heavy backpack to get the missing weight.
- And most importantly - ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE FUN! If the competitor drops his wife, a pair of penalties is awarded - fifteen seconds for each drop.
- At the World Cup winner is declared in only one category: a pair that will show the best time.
- But the most fun couple, the best costume and the strongest carrier will be awarded special prizes.
- In addition to individual competition there held team competition in which they operate the same rules. The difference lies in the fact that the three men in turn are a woman. Passing the torch, the athletes must drink "beverage carrier wives."