Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.

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The World Unicycle Volleyball championships have taken place in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, since 1964. Originally teams just from South America took part but gradually other parts of the world entered teams and now over 50 countries take part in the three-week extravaganza.

There are some popular misconceptions about this sport. The first is that it was invented by small people who wanted to compete with taller people at volleyball – this is simply not the case as there are no height restrictions for people who play this sport. The second issue is that people believe you have to belong to a circus to own a unicycle and so the sport is played by clowns, lion-tamers, and trapeze-artists. Again this is not true – some of the world’s finest athletes play the game as it requires speed, balance, and great core strength to be a success. The third slight aimed at the sport is that there’s lots of accidents because of people wheeling into members of their own teams at speed; this tends not to happen in the upper echelons of the sport as people just try and block passes with their arms and rarely touch each other.