Toe Wrestling is another childhood game that has made it to the big time adult sporting world. The rules for Toe Wrestling are pretty simple. With shoes off, the competitors face other toe-to-toe across the 'toedium', where they interlock their big toes and try to force each other off the toedium (a lot like arm wrestling). To get an idea of what the sport involves, check out this toe wrestling video.
The World Toe Wrestling Championship is not a new competition, with its history going way back to 1976, when the World Toe Wrestling Competition started at a pub in Wetton, Derbyshire UK. The locals of 'Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn' thought it would be a great idea to hold a toe wrestling competition, where the contestants lock their big toes together, and attempt to force their opponent's foot to the ground.
The championships are now held at the Bentley Brook Inn, near Ashbourne on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, and is still going strong.
The organizers have big intentions for the sport, and applied in 1997 for its inclusion in the Olympic Games. Unfortunately for unusual sports fans it was not accepted.
Toe Wrestling's poor cousin the Thumb Wrestling competition, is still a popular children's game, but has not yet reached the height of a world championship and classification as a sport.
- see the related unusual sport of Finger Wrestling and Finger Jousting
- see also arm wrestling
- more unusual sports
- videos of unusual sports