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IN Sports ON 14 Jun, 2015
Sports are for joy, entertainment and to spread harmony. But, we can not ignore that many matches turn violent at times because some athletes can not control their emotions and aggression. You might know some sports are violent by nature where injuries and blood are not accidental. These extremely brutal sports which show the darker side of humanity.
Looking at these sports, you may feel that they should be banned.
Probably, the most dangerous sport that shows human brutality against animals. Several bulls fight inside a ring and the scene is just nerve-wracking. It is mostly popular in Spain and also excitingly conducted in countries like Portugal, France, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador etc. Around 250,000 bulls are killed during bullfights every year. Bullfights are violent not only for the bulls, but the game is much risky for the matadors as well. They are attacked by bulls every season. 533 notable professional bullfighters or matadors die in the ring due to serious injuries in past centuries. The death are now decreased due to the advancement in surgical techniques. The sport carries cultural and religious importance in countries like Spain. Bullfighting is now banned in many countries. The trend of bloodless bullfights is also being popular since years.
Calcio Storico appears as the combination of rugby, soccer and Greco-Roman wrestling. This is also called historic football which originated in Italy in 16th century. The duration of the match is fifty minutes which is played on the sand in historic costumes. To score more goals than the rival team, players can punch and kick one another. The players beat opponents so fiercely so that they would leave the game and not return.
Do you consider running in front of a bull as adventurous? The bulls are left loose on the streets. Many people participate and are often attacked by the bulls. The running of the bulls is a famous eight-day festival in honor of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. Each year, thousands of tourists gather to participate or observe the festival. Hundreds of participants are injured annually. Since 1924, 15 people have died which occurred by the severe attack of the bulls. This traditional sport is popular in Portugal, Mexico and France as well. The sport falls in controversy as many animal rights activists oppose for torturing the bulls for entertainment.
One of the brutal and violent sports ever. Hurting the opponent by striking and grappling to make more scores is the main feature of the sport. Seven deaths during the competitions are recorded till the date. The concept and practice of MMA started during the Classic Greek era. The modern professional competitions are now widely popular in many countries like US, Belgium, Brazil, Japan etc. In Japan, female MMA competition started since the mid-1990s.
Many athletes die every year from rugby-related injuries. Breaking bones, fingers, noses, necks, backs etc. are too common in rugby. Despite the brutality, rugby gains popularity over the years. The Rugby World Cup held in 1987 in Australia and New Zealand, now occurs in every four years.
Ice hockey carries a high risk of injury. Players move at speeds around 20-30 mph and frequent collisions may happen. And sometimes, the rink looks like a war field where the players turn violent during the match. The violence has come up as a part of the ice hockey since 1900s. Fighting during the game is a tradition in the countries like North America. Though the issue of allowing fighting in ice hockey still remains controversial.
Continuous punches thrown at each other seems brutal and dangerous. Boxing was a popular sport in Ancient Rome. The boxing is turned modern with various versions including amateur boxing and professional boxing. Boxing is now listed to be one of the best Olympic game. Despite the rules, techniques and equipment, the boxing history includes many violent incidents.
Hurling is the game originated from Ireland, which is considered as the fastest field sport ever. Hurling seems to be a combination of soccer and field hockey. Two teams with 15 players each hold wooden sticks (called Hurley) to hit a small ball called a sliotar. All they have to do for the score is to strike the ball as hard as possible. The players wear no protective stuff like helmets. They are allowed to choose to wear, but the majority of them do not prefer helmets. They say God wouldn't provide the hard skull if He wanted us to wear helmets. The speedy ball almost 100 miles per hour and the axe-like sticks create many risks on the ground.
Buzkashi is also called goat dragging in which players mounted on horses attempt to drag a goat towards a goal. Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan and played widely in Central Asia. Buzkashi is typically dangerous. There are many chances of attacks and injuries. The players wear heavy clothing and head protection for safety purposes, but still injuries are common.
We must not miss the Soccer or football in the list of most violent sports. Hooliganism in football is spread widely around the world, and many deaths and murders recorded till the date. Brazil suffers the most football violence deaths. In Brazil, the 30 deaths occurred in football-related incidents in a single year (2013).