Strangest Games That Are Discontinued in Olympics

  1. Solo Synchronized Swimming


The contestant should swim according to the music in sync to herself. Solo Synchronized Swimming was last seen in 1992 Olympics. It couldn’t draw much attention lately by the audience.

Tug of War


It was compared to be one of the most competitive sport in Olympics which is now played for fun these days. Tug of War was held in Olympics from 1900 to 1920. It is said that this was even part of the ancient Olympics of 500 BC.

Live Pigeon Shooting


One of the bizarre sporting events in the history of Olympics is this live pigeon shooting. It was held only once in Olympics, in 1900. Officially termed as “tres aristocratic”, the objective of this sport is to shot and kill a flying pigeon. Because of the brutality of the game, it was no longer continued. Six birds were released 27 meters in front of the participant. The participant was eliminated once they missed two birds. The winner was the competitor who shot down the most birds from the sky. Nearly 300 birds were killed in this game.

Rope Climbing


This game which tests one’s stamina and speed to its limits were last played in 1932 Olympics. Initially, even the style was incorporated into the scoring system to decide the winner. At the later seasons, the contest was based only on the speed

Hot Air Ballooning

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1900 Olympics events were considered to be one of the most chaotic seasons with 34 sports categories and 58,731 athletes participating in the most prestigious sporting event. Hot Air Ballooning is one of the sport in the same 1900 Olympics and never saw its light after that. Participants were evaluated based on the distance, duration, and elevation

One Hand Weightlifting

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The one hand weight lifting was a men-only event in 1896, 1904 and 1906. They had to perform lifts with each hand, with the winner determined by the combined score of both hands.

Standing Long Jump


Also known as the standing broad jump, was an Olympic event until 1912. Its other two variants standing high jump and standing triple jump were also conducted in all Olympic games until 1912

Horse Long Jump

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Known as Equestrian Long Jump, was conducted only once in the same chaotic 1900 summer Olympics. As our name suggests, it is the long jump for horses. There was also the Horse High Jump conducted in the same 1900 Olympics

Two Hands Shot Put, Discus, and Javelin

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They need not throw the object with the two hands together. But, participants have to use both the hands, one at a time and throw the object. Later the best distances with each hand were combined to decide the winner. Each contestant was given 3 attempts with each hand.



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