Odd Names of Former Olympic Sports

You will be surprised about some of the odd event names from the past Olympic Games at some time. Here is my top 10 unusual sport or event names, with links to a description of each. These are only a sample of the discontinued events has been part of the Games - see the full list. See also the list of unusualand demonstration sports.

  1. Roque
  2. Jeu de Paume
  3. Running Deer (shooting event)
  4. Basque Pelota (demonstration sport)
  5. Sur la Perche à la Pyramide (archery event)
  6. Budo: Japanese archery/wrestling/fencing) (demonstration sport)
  7. Kabaddi (demonstration sport)
  8. Pankration (Ancient Olympics)

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Olympics Extra

The next Olympics will be in Paris 2024, followed by the Winter edition in Milan-Cortina 2026. Check out the list of Olympic Games sports, as well as discontinued and demonstration sports.

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