Wednesday, September 15

Facts about Tug Of War

Tug of War Facts


Did you know tug-of-war was an Olympic team sport from 1900 to 1920? Teams consisted of 6 to 8 people. The United States won three medals during the tug-of-war years at the Olympics: a gold, silver, and bronze medal. Belgium, France, Great Britain, Sweden, and the Netherlands have also won medals in tug-of-war competitions.  


What is Tug Of War? It is a contest where two teams pull on a rope at opposite ends of each other. The first team to pull the rope over the central line wins. You have to have some strong teammates to win.


Here is a list of the Nations that played tug of war during the 1900-1920 Olympics:

United States

Denmark

South Africa

Belgium

France

Italy

Greece

Great Britain

Sweden

Netherlands


Tug of war was also part of the ancient Olympics, dating back to 500 B.C. After the 1920 Olympic games, tug of war and 33 other sports were removed from the program because there were too many people competing.



Facts about Tug of War:

1. Tug-of-war dates back thousands of years and was practiced in ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, India, and China. During the Tang dynasty in China, large-scale tug-of-war games involved ropes up to 548 feet long and more than 500 people on each end.

2. In ancient Greece, the sport was called helkystinda, ephelkystinda, and dielkystinda, derived from the verb helkĊ, meaning “I draw, I pull.”

3. Tug of war was an Olympic event from 1900 to 1920. It was part of the Summer Olympic program during those years. Only in the 19th century did it become associated with the athletic contest we know today.

4. A tug-of-war pits two teams against each other in a test of strength. The teams pull on opposite ends of a rope, aiming to bring it a certain distance in one direction against the opposing team’s pull.

5. Different versions of tug-of-war existed, including hook-pulling versions in ancient China and hand-holding versions in ancient Greece. The game was used for strength training and battle preparation.

6. Tug of War remains popular at Scottish Highland Games, social gatherings, and even as a children’s game. It continues to be a fun and competitive outdoor activity enjoyed by people of all ages.



Now that you know some facts, grab that rope and some friends and enjoy the exhilarating challenge of tug of war!









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