Russians Dream Up COVID-Friendly Sports Amid Lockdown

Story By: Gheorghi CaraseniSub Editor: Michael LeidigAgency: Central European News

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This footage shows the new sports Russians have invented during lockdown, including hurdles with a mop or vacuum cleaner, and mountain climbing along the floor.

The social media challenge to create new sports was born out of the coronavirus lockdown and in the first video a man can be seen running on the spot as a woman picks up a vacuum cleaner and swipes it towards his legs.

He then jumps over the vacuum as if running the hurdles before he repeats the trick over a bike seat, a mop, a tree and a trophy.

Another clip shows a man climbing across a floor and another exercise then sees him rolling on the floor without letting his arms or legs touch the ground.

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A third clip shows a young ballet dancer on her tiptoes in her living room. Her ballet shoes have been coloured so her dancing leaves a trail of dots on paper stuck to the floor for a “drawing with pointed toes” event.

The ideas for new sports are being shared online as part of the competition, and they will be judged by Russian sportspeople including figure skater, Evgenia Medvedeva, 20, artistic gymnast, Nikita Nagornyy, 23, and synchronised swimmer, Svetlana Romashina, 30, who will choose the eventual winners.

In March, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 65, announced that the Summer Olympic Games, planned to be held in the country’s capital, have been postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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