The Only Sport Where Choking Is A Good Thing

Have you been watching the Asian Beach Games? Of course you have, what am I thinking. But if, for some strange reason, you’ve had more important things to do than watch, you’ve missed out on one of the most bizarre yet awesome sports ever invented. The primary skill involved: holding your breath. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you, the western world, kabaddi. You’re welcome.

Men's Kabaddi

(Boom! Headshot.)

I’m not sold on the legitimacy of the Asian Beach Games. According to the organizers, they’re a biannual competition bringing together the best beach athletes from across Asia, but as this is the first time it’s happening, with vague promises of another event sometime in the near future, I suspect it’s just an excuse to spend two weeks in Bali. To give you a sense of how seriously the competitors are taking it, India’s team has been disqualified because they showed up late.

Ticket sales have been sluggish thus far, but it’s not surprising considering the cost of a daily ticket is 20,000 rupiah. What? That’s two dollars American? Never mind then. Good thing the headline on the official site reads, “Ticket Sales is Not the Main Concern.” (Kabaddi rules and video after the jump.)

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