International Rock Paper Scissors Championship Comes to London
By: Wacky Nation
2016 is already a massive year for sport. But in one corner of London in April there is an international tournament with a difference that will outshine even a few Olympic events for action, tension and controversy. In South Africa they call it 'Ching Chong Cha' in Norway it is known as 'Stein Saks Papir' and in Thailand simply as 'Janji'. Here in the UK it is known as Rock Paper Scisssors and is a sport rapidly gaining popularity.
The International Rock Paper Scissors Championship is being held at The Green Man pub on Saturday 16 April and will witness 128 competitors do battle with rocks, paper and scissors over a series of knockout rounds. They will all be representing a country from around the world with entrants so far including Wales, England, Mexico and even the Vatican city.
The sport involves two competitors at a time throwing either rock, paper or scissors. The outcome is decided on what symbol was shown. Rock beats scissors, paper beats rock and scissors beats paper. Each match is a best out of three.
But it is not a straight-forward as throwing a rock or paper and hoping you win. Rock Paper Scissors is an extremely tactical sport harnessing skills and talents from across other sports: the showmanship of boxing, the analysis and deep-thinking of Chess and unbridled tension of the 100 metres. Throw in some reverse psychology and plenty of mock arrogance and rock paper scissors is arguably the most exciting sport in the world. It's not just about fitness and a game plan, it's much crazier than that!
The grand prize is a cool £100 + medal + bottle of champers - not to mention a bucket load of respect as the de-facto World Champion. Potential competitors are encouraged to get their name and country down early to avoid disappointment.
The night itself promises to be a sporting extravaganza with the flags and costumes from 128 nations and decibels ramped up to impossibly insane levels. Who knows the final could be England versus Argentina or Russia versus Syria.
For more information and entry details go to http://www.wackynation.com/
Rock Paper Scissors Around the World:
Korea - Kai-Bai-Bo
South Africa - Ching Chong Cha
Germany - Schnik Schnak Schnuk
Japan - Janken or Jan Ken Po
Thailand - Janji
Norway - Stein Saks Papir
America - Roshambo
About the organisers:
Wacky Nation (www.wackynation.com)