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7 bizarre ‘sports’ no longer held at the Olympic Games

Mud drips from a man's hands as he pulls on the rope while in the front position for his team during a tug of war event in St. Petersburg.
Mud drips from a man’s hands as he pulls on the rope while in the front position for his team during a tug of war event in St. Petersburg.

The International Olympic Committee has plucked rugby and golf off the scrap heap for Rio 2016, restoring the two sports to their former status as official events at the Summer Games. But, while those two events might seem like reasonable choices for a second go-around at the Olympics, there are quite a few bizarre sports likely never to return to the Games. Here’s a look back at some of the most peculiar competitions held since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

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