The World Urban Games

The World Urban Games are set to happen in 2016 after the Olympics and Paralympics have finished in Rio.  As yet the games have not happened, nor has a host city been announced.

The World Urban Games are going to be one of the first sports tournaments which have a mix up of both modern and traditional sports. Spectator age had risen for the more traditional sports such as cycling and rowing, and as a result, many companies feel that the newer disciplines should be hosted to attract a younger crowd. The World Urban Games are set to include traditional sports such as hockey, netball, cycling and basketball. On the modern side, there will be air sports, rollerblading, dance, parkour, and mini golf amongst others.

Betting On The World Urban Games

Placing bets on the World Urban Games may be a bit more complicated than any other online sports betting event. With traditional events there is a history of teams and individuals which can be looked up and researched. With the World Urban Games many of the competitors have a history in their field but are not well known on the world stage. Finding an example of when they may have competed against each other is also going to be almost impossible. Thus placing bets on either individuals or teams is going to be very much hit and miss for the first few games. A pattern will evolve however, so watching each event very closely from the beginning will be essential for placing wagers.

Unusual Events

Some of the sporting events which are planned for the World Urban Games are highly unusual and many people would not have even heard of them before. Researching the sport and how it is played or achieved will help to place a successful wager.

Parkour

Parkour is a modern combination of athletics, dance and an obstacle course. Basically it involves jumping around an urban environment. Competitors jump, run and climb over things such as rails and buildings. There is no safety equipment except for a pair of sneakers with good grip. For the purposes of the World Urban Games athletes must prove their core skills before competing on a course from point to point.

Modern Pentathlon

This is a sport that is actually not modern. This is an event in the modern Olympics and has been for over 100 years. It involves five stages; fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting and a 3200m cross country run. It was based on what a cavalry officer would have to be able to perform in order to defend a castle. This event will be easier to place a wager on as there is a good history of both competitors and teams.

Air Sports

Air Sports is a rather vague term used to describe any number of aerobatic sports that may or may not be included in the World Urban Games. These may include hot air ballooning, aerobatics, paragliding and paramotoring. Placing a bet on any of these events will involve a great amount of understanding of not only the actual event but the competitors too. Remember that with anything mechanical there are always unexpected things that can go wrong and totally upset the predicted outcome.