Think you know all about sports' Think again. This new Rough Guide takes the armchair sports fan on a beguiling world tour exploring the maverick, the bizarre, and the deliriously obscure parts of the sporting universe. It recalls the players, games, and moments in all sports that have excited the greatest passions from the dawn of the Olympics to the present day, including:
Cult Sports: the top twenty from baseball to sumo, angling, to ultimate frisbee.
Cult Legends: from female grand prix driver Hellé Nice to Mexican wrestling star Mil Máscaras, they defied the rule book.
Around the World in 80 Sports: the planet's lesser known but most enthusiastically followed games including bog snorkeling, bun climbing, ostrich racing, and pumpkin throwing.
Cult Fixtures: sporting occasions that shook the world whether through exceptional performances, outstanding drama, controversy, or conflict.
Shocks, Conspiracies, Scandals, and Statistics: inept match fixing, sordid sex scandals, political skullduggery, and the big shocks when outsiders won against all the odds.
All this plus the strangest sports statistics you'll ever find!