Unicycle Volleyball – Asuncion, Paraguay – 2

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.


The rules of unicycle volleyball are the same as those for volleyball with two important additions – the first is that the players on each team can take four touches of the ball before it’s returned over the net; the second difference is that the wheel of the unicycle must never leave the court’s surface. This latter rule is to stop players imitating Esteban de Guzman from Mexico, who performed backwards somersaults on his unicycle at the 1967 championships. Esteban usually scored a winner with this maneuver but against Guatemala the momentum he generated carried him over the net and he landed on the Guatemalan captain, Jesus Ruiz, which caused a melee on court and increased tensions along Mexico’s border with Guatemala.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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