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Tug of War: Top 10 facts you never knew about this sport

1. Tug of war was included in the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920. 

2. It was one of Britain’s most successful events. 

Between 1908 and 1920, Britain won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals at tug of war. 

3. There was a dispute in 1908 when the US team accused the UK of cheating by using boot studs. 

4. The British promptly challenged them to a rematch in socks but the offer was not taken up. 

5. The Tug of War International Federation was founded in 1960.

It currently has 70 members. 

6. Canadian Inuit have a tug of war contest known as “arsaaraq” with pullers sitting on the ground. 

The winner is the one who pulls his opponent over from his seated position. 

7. Britain won gold medals in the 640kg class in tug of war at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland last year. 

8. For the various weight divisions, teams of eight are weighed together on eight-person scales.

9. The phrase “tug of war” in English was first recorded in 1677, referring to a military battle. 

It was first used for a sport in 1893… 

10. …though there is evidence of tug of war games in ancient China and Egypt as long ago as 500BC.  

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