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Tug of War

Tug of War, also known as tug o' war or rope pulling, has a long history. The origins are very old, possibly originally part of a ritual or religious contest. Tug of war was even part of the Ancient Olympics, first being held in in 500BC. You may also be surprised to know that it was even held at the modern Olympics from 1900 to 1920 (see more about Olympic Tug of War competition).

Tug-of-war contests are held between two teams of eight competitors in each team. The teams align themselves at each end of the rope, which is approximately 10 centimeters in circumference. The aim of the competition is to pull the other along in order to win.

tug-of-war at the Olympic Games

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