Only for The Kinky: Toe Wrestling Chinese Style

Published July 17th, 2018 - 05:00 GMT
The bizarre match involves two opponents locking their feet and attempting to ping each other's foot down (Screenshot)
The bizarre match involves two opponents locking their feet and attempting to ping each other's foot down (Screenshot)

It was survival of the fittest toe in south-west China as dozens of contestants went toe-to-toe at a bizarre wrestling competition on Wednesday.

A water park in Chongqing city held the unusual match, which involves two opponents locking their feet and attempting to pin each other's foot down.

Dressed in swimming trunks and bikinis, more than 80 participants bared their feet and fought hard to win the title of the biggest toe on a sweltering day of 40 degrees Celsius.

Video footage of the nail-biting competition released by China News shows park-goers kicking off their shoes and getting up close and personal to strangers' feet on the slightly submerged 'toedium'.

The wrestlers gripped each other's feet in the intense one-minute game, with looks of agony and pain on their faces as curious bystanders cheered on.

Others took it less seriously - laughing and giggling as they felt ticklish. Some 'cheaters' even distracted their opponents by splashing water at them.

The ultimate champion can win free tickets worth 90 yuan (£10) to the water park, according to Chongqing's Fuling district committee on Weibo.

 

 

Organisers of the event told reporters that the friendly game serves as a warm-up session to park-goers before they enter the water.

'Our visitors always get muscle cramps while swimming, especially in their legs and feet,' the spokesperson said.

'This always happens when they forget to stretch and warm-up before going in the water.'

The bizarre sport was invented in 1976 in a pub by four drinkers in Staffordshire, UK, as an attempt to find a new sport for British people to dominate.

The World Toe Wrestling Championship holds matches that have players locking big toes to try to force their opponent's digit to the floor over three rounds. The competition takes place every year in Derbyshire, UK.

Dedicated feet wrestlers have even been campaigning for years to make the smelly past time an official Olympic sport.

Olympic sport or not, these people in China certainly got a kick out of the amusing game.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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