A shin-kicking contest exists - but sadly it's just been cancelled
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You may have never heard of this bizarre sport but yes, a shin-kicking contest exists and it has just been cancelled. The sport has been practised on Dover’s Hill, near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, since 1612, and was due to be held on June 2. The organising committee said it had to cancel the event due to a struggle to recruit enough volunteers, insufficient funding and a dwindling number of contestants. Graham Greenall, chairman of the games, hopes it will take place again in 2018. The Olimpick Games were first held in Chipping Campden 400 years ago, with unusual sports including sack racing and tug-of-war. Shin-kicking, which is the highlight of the spring bank holiday event, involves competitors kicking each other after stuffing their trouser legs with straw. It is believed to have evolved from a form of Cotswold Wrestling.
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