Estonia Holds Mosquito-Catching Championship

The eyes of the world may be focused on the football in South Africa, but it’s not the only gripping sporting contest going on at the moment – Estonia has just held its first ever mosquito-catching championship.

Estonia has just held its first ever mosquito-catching championship. Photo: Flickr

The eyes of the world may be focused on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but it’s not the only gripping sporting contest going on at the moment – Estonia has just held its first ever mosquito-catching championship.

A total of 37 participants gathered in a field in the city of Tartu. They were given 10 minutes to catch as many mosquitoes as possible in a small, designated area.

The competition rules allowed for the mosquitoes to be captured dead or alive, and competitors were allowed to work either alone or in teams of three.

“We have many mosquitoes and we must fight them somehow, so we decided to organise a mosquito-catching championship,” said the event’s organiser, Triinu Akkermann.

The competitors had a range of tactics worked out – with one competitor, Jevgeny Serov, which had a plan worked out in the lead-up to the contest.

“We will warm up so we will start sweating a little then I will stand with bare hands and feet and my wife and daughter will pick mosquitoes off me,” he told Reuters.

But the winner of the first prize — a sailing trip on the Estonia’s Lake Peipus — was Rauno Luksepp who caught 38 mosquitoes but accumulated as many bites in the process.

The idea of the contest came from Finland where there have been mosquito-catching championships in the past. [via Metro and Yahoo News (UK)]

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