Fun in Finland

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it's all in the wrist action

mobile phone throwing – it’s all in the wrist action

Following on from the feature we ran recently about unusual sports in our countries, it turns out the Finns are pretty strong competitors in this arena.

This is the home of the Swamp Soccer Championships where the skill of a Lionel Messi or Wayne Rooney is a little undermined by an inability to deliver the ball more than a few feet in front of you – that is supposing you can see from your mud-spattered eyes! They take place in Hyrynsalmi from the 16th until the 18th of July when teams from around the world come together to compete in this tournament where dirty play is the order of the day. And bad jokes compete for attention along with the individuals!

Originating in Finland as a training regime for athletes, the interest has grown from three and, although it sounds as though it was dreamed up by a bunch of pub regulars after a good night out, the origins were serious. It began as a training regime for athletes enabling them to build up muscles and reserves of strength that otherwise might have required a longer regime.

Less muscular and certainly less filthy is another Finnish sport – mobile phone throwing. Haven’t we all, at some stage in the thirty year history of mobile phones, had any overwhelming urge to throw the things away when a signal can’t be obtained or you lose service just as you are getting to the important part of the conversation? The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships provide an opportunity for competitors worldwide to rid themselves once and for all of out of date defective mobiles.  People come together from around the globe to take out their frustration and compete for the longest throw.

After the mobiles have been hurled – hundreds of metres in some cases where the “athletes” have “trained” – the phones are gathered up and recycled. Finland is the home of Nokia, the first mobile phone I ever bought was one, so I wonder whether the championships actually began at the frustration with those early models?

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