The town of Chipping Campden, in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England, has been holding their own “Olympic” games since the 17th century. Unlike regular Olympics, the Cotswold Olimpick Games includes a bunch of unconventional sporting events such as sledgehammer throwing, wheelbarrow racing, morris dancing, and the annual favorite—shin-kicking.
The Cotswold Olimpick Games were invented by a lawyer named Robert Dover, who believed that games bring the rich and the poor together, increasing social harmony while also providing physical exercise which was necessary for the defense of the kingdom. King James approved his vision and the first games were held in 1612.
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The Cotswold Olimpicks