Mobile Phone Throwing As a Sport Gains Popularity
The sport of mobile phone throwing was first born in Finland in 2000. Since then it has become an international sport. In this sport, participants throw mobile phones and are judged on distance.
Mobile phone throwing includes four main categories. The first category, traditional or original, is an over-the-shoulder throw in which the farthest distance wins. Next is freestyle, where contestants get points for aesthetics and choreography. The third category is team, where three competitors have one throw each, with their scores added together. Lastly, there is the junior category which is for children aged twelve or younger (ID must be presented if asked). Usually, teams are comprised of men and women.
Freestyle phone throwing consists of a series of flips, spins, high throws, and more. If a contestant drops his or her mobile phone, they are out. As a rule, one minute is given for a total run time. If after the minute is up, the contestant has not dropped the cell phone, he or she gets a score from 1 to 100.
At some events, any phone that weighs over a certain weight is acceptable, but at others the devices are provided by the event organizers, who can choose between the different provided models. Generally, the phone must have its battery installed.
During the throw the competitor must stay within the throwing area, and the phone must land within the marked throwing sector. There is no drug testing.
Mobile phone throwing was first arranged in the city of Savonlinna, Finland, by a translation and interpretation company, Fennolingua, in partnership with local recycling centers. The first championship was designed for contestants to throw the gadgets as a way to throw away frustrations, along with used mobile phones.
Since that first championship, the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships have been arranged every year in late August. The national championships are held in Finland, Norway, Switzerland (where the first winter championship was held in February 2005), Germany, UK, Spain, US and other countries.
Besides the world and national championships, many regional tournaments are organized throughout the world.
Today, mobile phone throwing interests people all over the world, as humor allows people to overcome their stress and depressions. Everyone, youngsters and adults alike, is thrilled to be allowed to throw expensive phones and win points for doing so!
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