Six of the weirdest Swiss sporting traditions
The Swiss have a reputation for enjoying - and being good at - ice hockey, skiing and tennis. What you might not know is that Switzerland is also home to a host of lesser-known sports. The Local takes a look at some of the more unusual ones:
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The medieval town of Burgdorf in the Emmental valley flooded with visitors to Switzerland's oldest Alpine farmer's fair. There, 280 muscle-bound wrestlers dressed in sackcloth shorts battled it out in a sawdust pit for the 2013 SCHWINGEN wrestling event - also know as 'Hoselupf' (Swiss-German for "breeches-lifting"). There, local star Matthias Sempach, 27, was crowned "Schwingerkoenig" or King of the Schwingers. The prize? A two-year-old bull known as "Fors vo dr Lueg".
Photo: Monika Flueckiger/swiss-image.ch