Top Ten Hardest Sports


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Physically demanding. It doesn't sound much but once you actually give it a go you'll realize it's almost impossible to do. The biking through mud, sand, grass or gravel with challenging decents and steep inclines. Doing that between 6 and 10 times over really kills you, and then on top of that its twice a weekend through all off December and January and the majority of November and February with racing also happening in October. It might not be long but its physically more demanding than any sports I can imagine. Also including staircases, jumps and forced running sections just to make it more fun. A lot more difficult than anything in the top ten, gymnastics and hockey are hard, I understand, but they don't compare with cycling or other endurance sports like running

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I've fenced for around 3 years now, and it develops hand-eye coordination, being quick on your feet, strategy (a lot of it), great usage of brain. Typically, the top fencers are considered some of the smartest and most strategic athletes. It's similar to chess and involves a lot of risk taking as well. This sport should be at least included in the top 15.

Why is this below competitive eating this should be top ten at least fencing is an extremely hard sport and you never know what advantage your opponent will have and there is certainly more to it than any non-fencer could imagine

It's not just waving a sword, you need balance, accuraurcy, stamina, focus and control. I've been fencing for 3 years and now compete nationally and I've have come home bleeding due to whips from the sabres. Some sports you can be lucky and win, but in this sport you need to be on your toes all if the time.
Imagine this, 39 degrees tempeture room, already sweating, now add an extra four layers of protection and a stuffy mask, toasty doesn't quite explain the amour of liquid you loose due to sweat!

Fencing is pretty lame. Only really big freaks do it. It should at least be rated easier than chess and ping pong, cause it is for losers

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124Ultimate Frisbee

Throwing a ball is much easier than throwing a disc accurately, and the wind affects the disc on so many levels. Ultimate Frisbee requires as much sprinting as football does.

125CricketCricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket, a set of three wooden stumps sited at each end.

May not be the hardest sport, but certainly should be in top 10 list. If you think cricket is just about hitting the ball as far as you can or just randomly bowl the ball, you are making a huge mistake. Think about the hand eye coordination involved or the strength, endure, stamina and determination a fast express bowler needs to really tip the ball at over 150Kms, and the batter who has to face these fast bowlers. No only that, the ball can be very deceiving as there are various ways in can be delivered to the batter and at any speed. Think about a batsman who scores over 100 runs, you should try scoring at least 10 runs at pro level some day. Depending on the format it can last for 4 hrs, to 1 day to 5 days. Imagine batting at 35-40 degrees C heat for 10 or more hrs, anyone else would be dead. So gymnastic is truly a hard sport, but from this list it doesn't truly specify why it is, because think of boxing and you get hammered and knocked out, think of it, its really not what you ...more

Cricket should be second hardest it is really hard in many ways we have to hit a heavy ball up to 85 meters for a six, dive on your head, catch a speeding ball which is coming to you, some people are also injured during play and if the ball hits your face and you are without a helmet you can be paralised

It would be one of the toughest jobs in the world to be an International batsman. Travel the world for your Country and be expected to make runs in front of thousands of people, whilst seam bowlers are throwing down deliveries at 140kmph. Top 3 for sure.

How would you like a speeding ball spinning right to you and you have to catch it. Top 3

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127Table Tennis

Come on, 126th! Most people think all you do in table tennis is stand plonk in the the middle of the table and just wave your arm about. It's not just a back garden game, it's one of the most technically difficult sports around which requires years and years of practice to master. I'd love to see whoever made this list have a game of table tennis against me

Table tennis involves an incredible amount of reading of spin, and quickly calculating how to counter this spin, all with the ball coming at you at pace. Incredibly hard but incredibly satisfying.

For me Table Tennis is the Hardest Sport in the world because the Table Tennis Players can play Other Sports such as Volleyball, Badminton Basketball etc. Easily but the other players such as Basket Ball Players cannot play Table Tennis...

I can't believe it that table tennis ranks 126 but it is the hardest game in the world I think!

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Squash is an amazingly hard sport. Sure you can maybe hit a serve in or swing at the ball with ease, but playing competitively takes so much work, so much dedication. Both mentally and physically.

Squash is very hard to good at but after you play it for a couple of years it is easy to improve at

Squash is a very hard sport. When we play this game it takes our physical power because our reaching for the ball should be fast. But the tough thing is when you run you have to swing extremely hard to let ball reach the glass. And it's even more difficult when the courts are made of glass. When it's made up of wood it's easier but don't take so much advantage of this saying. The tough shots are-



I am very good at curling but let me tell you that this takes and unimaginable amount of skill. I train for for 1 hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and trust me, its brutal. This is a sport that takes extreme levels of concentration, endurance, precision, balance, strength, speed, agility, durability, flexibility, grace, patience, power, intelligence, determination, perseverance, and most importantly... creativity. My training is long and intense. It pushes me to the very limit. First, I sweep, and I sweep hard! Sweep up! Sweep down! Sweep up! Sweep down! When I'm done sweeping I take a break and then I need to sweep blindfolded. This is brutal. My hands are covered from head to toe in splinters, bruises, and paper cuts. Next, I have to learn to walk and sweep. This is one of the hardest tasks known to man. Its taken me years to master this but I have trained my self to do this. I first walk to get in the rhythm and then I take my broom and start sweeping as I walk. I have ...more

Walking and sweeping is hard? Dang, then house cleaners must have a lot of skill!

Curling is a very difficult sport. You have to be fit to sweep hard and be able to play the entire game without getting tired. Then there is the thinking You have to determine what the other team iss going to do and plan your shot accordingly and execute it perfectly for the right outcome. Also while throwing your rock your must be able to balance and control much much weight and power you use for it to work.

Curling is definitely one of the hardest sports. It might not be that popular but it is really hard. If you get the chance you should try it

Curling is so hard. Every practice you gotta push yourself to the limit. Best athletes around are curlers

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130Field Gun

The most insane sport ever invented, the only more extreme sport I can think of is the pre 1999 version. Youtube it to find out more, a must watch!


It's really hard trust me I know from experience

132BadmintonBadminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".

I'm not going to even get into how people insist tennis may be harder than badminton, considering badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world (no joke, google it), and statistically you make three times as much sweat than when playing tennis. But, I am going to say there is no way in the world badminton isn't top 10. Competitive badminton that is, whatever the image of taping a net onto your porch and tossing a birdie is plain scary. For me personally, ever since the summer has started, I have been training at least four hours every day in badminton. I'm not even the best at my sport. Including open gym and classes, I don't see how somebody (talking to you curler) can train 3 times a week, an hour each time, and still call it grueling?! Reflexes, skill, strength, strategy, flexibility, and speed are all absolutely necessary in this sport. You'll need with a strong sense of moderation, as a slight twist of your wrist could send the birdie spiraling towards the net. Seriously, ...more

Few people realise how hard badminton is, simply because few people play it properly: that is, hard, fast, strong and accurate. It requires players to have split-second timing, incredible agility and amazing skill. I think it's a shame that badminton is seen more as a fun hobby than a competitive sport (I wish it got the same recognition as tennis, for example). Shuttlecocks travel, incidentally, quicker than tennis balls at the point of racquet contact, making badminton arguably the fastest racquet sport.

I can't believe badminton is 131st on this list. It may not be as impressive as its rival cousin, tennis, but it is still very challenging. The skill, agility, endurance and stamina required to keep playing at top level over long periods of time and consistently hit accurate winners is much higher than many people realise.

I honestly believe that this sport is more popular. This website, however, must be dominated by western culture (American, English etc), as badminton is one of the most popular sports in the world. In the 2008 Olympics, more than 1 billion people watched badminton at any point during the games.

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133Cheese Rolling

I am a professional cheese roller, and I can personally tell you my biceps are a huge because rolling a rind of cheese is grueling. Seriously, it gets super special complicated when your cheese splits on a rock or something and you have to go back to buy another rind of cheese. The walk back to the cheese station is probably why I am so buff, the treacherous-ness is like golf because you don't get bathroom stops or anything. I'm serious dude. You need to hold it in.

Cheese rolling is so hard it's not even funny the cheese some time is 30 pounds it hurts my arm very very bad it should be the second hardest sport of them all

Should be at least in the top 20 I work very hard everyday and it's extremely taxing on the forearms

WHAT THE HECK? This does not sound at ALL like a sport!

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134Bass Fishing

Bass fishing is definitely one of the hundred toughest sports, even tougher than dodgeball. You need the right equipment and commitment to succeed. And be smarter than fish

Bass fishing is a mind game gotta use the right baits for every weather condition


Bowling isn't the most physically demanding sport, but it's extremely difficult. One small slip up and your ball will go the opposite direction from where you want it to, whereas in sports such as Baseball, Football, Basketball, etc; you have multiple opportunities to make up for the moments where you lack. However in bowling once you mess up even once you cannot get your score back up to where you want it to be.

People think that this isn't a tough sport. It is a pretty complex sport. It involves you having a good mental attitude. You also have to find the oil pattern and know the way you have to roll the ball to get it to hit the pocket. Finding the right board to start on and what arrow or board to roll the ball is difficult. Your release and the way you start does matter. See. Bowling is a complex sport.

This is the only sport in the world where you can throw your very best shot in the world and still only get nine. Also the challenge is completely invisible you have to work with transition and learning to adapt to the changes and figure out how to make those changes every single shot and you have to be able to throw exactly the same every single time.

Should be in the top 5 easiest sports

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136Sport Stacking

Sport Stacking Is a Amazing Sport.

William Orrell is Amazing So Is William Polly

People on YouTube Made A Career Off Sport Stacking

This Helps Build Hand Eye Cordination And Helps You Make Friends

William Orrell Would Never Had Been Famous If It Wasn't For Sport Stacking

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137Competitive Eating

Eating is something that we all need to do to survive but it's not really a sport. Doing 13 push ups a day and jogging up the stairs doesn't really count as "crazy good endurance and strength" compared to what other athletes do while training. You could call many things competitive but that doesn't make them the same thing as the other sports on this list. Sure you may require some skill and techniques to devour loads of hotdogs without throwing up everywhere but in my opinion, it doesn't really qualify as a sport.

What the first post says shows my point. You live in your mom's basement, you do only 13 pushups a day, you JOG UP THE STAIRS OH MY. No offense, but I don't think you proved your point well.

First let me say that competitive eating is by far the hardest sport mentally, physically, and meta-physically. No realizes how much work and dedication is required for this test of skill, technique, and athleticism. You must train for years and years to even be able to eat a decent amount of hotdogs in the given time frame. On average, 2/3 of my income is spent on hotdogs, buns, and kool-aide. The rest I give to my mom as rent for living in her basement. I basically give like 110% into every hotdog that I eat.
You also have to have crazy good endurance and strength. I do 13 pushups every night and run up the stairs every time I need to get to the fridge. Your technique must be impeccable and timing precise in order to maximize your hpm (hotdogs per minute). mines like 16 hpm not to brag
Boxing and wrestling and stuff you get a break but competitive eating is not stop. No timeouts. No pauses. No time to catch your breath.
Competetive eating should be #1. If you don't think so ...more

Eating is not a sport, it is something you have to do to stay alive

Please tell me this is a joke

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Competitive eating is just another way for way for fat people to get in a resort mentally. this is where a lot of athletes start off. People don't realize why this isn't allowed at schools. It's bloody, sweaty, and teary. If you play it right it will be hard. If you play it like a 4th grader it won't do anything but feel like you got a feather thrown at you, and super easy.

Dodge ball is pretty hard... Well its harder than competitive eating.

Dodgeball is kind of hard it depends

This is the easy one

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