10 weird and wonderful former Olympic sports
Tug of War
Dates played: From 1900 to 1920
The tug of war is a familiar event at summer fairs and informal sporting events across the UK. But for 20 years it was also a feature of the Olympic Games. Originally, individual clubs entered as opposed to one team per country and in 1908 Great Britain won Gold, Silver and Bronze as a number of teams were allowed to represent the same country (in this case - City of London Police, Liverpool Police and Metropolitan Police K Division.)
Tug of War is a game of strength and consists of two teams pulling a rope in opposite directions until the midpoint of the rope passes into the strongest team's territory.
The photo, from 1908, depicts the Liverpool Police tug-of-war team who won the silver medal that year at the London Olympics.
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