'We need this in the Olympics ASAP!': Russian 'male slapping championships' proves huge hit (VIDEO)
The brutal championships were held at the Siberian Power Show 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, and required each competitor to simply slap their opponent standing on the other side of the table into submission.
Surprisingly, it featured no shortage of slap-happy sluggers eager to test their strength on each other's cheeks.
The bizarre annual contest was eventually won by bearded hulk Vasily Kamotskiy, a 370-pound local weightlifter who had delivered a series of knockout blows to his opponents on the way to winning the coveted title.
A video of Kamotskiy's exploits, along with some of the best hits and knockouts from the event, has since gone viral online, shocking viewers who responded in either fits of laughter or just paling shock from countries as far as Nigeria, Denmark, the Netherlands, India, and the US.
Social media users begged for the sport to be included int he Olympics. Other, more political-savvy watchers, commented that such a system would be a welcome alternative to presidential debates.
Meanwhile in Russia...the 'male slapping championships' took place in Krasnoyarsk. The winner, Vasiliy Kamotskiy (left) took home 30,000 rubles (£350) 👏🇷🇺pic.twitter.com/aXQkMkmbd6— Danny Armstrong (@DannyWArmstrong) March 19, 2019
🤣🤣🤣 Need it in the Olympics ASAP!— UnitedPotential (@PotentialUnited) March 19, 2019
He slapped that dude so hard, Sonic coins came out if him!— Jose Rios #FinsUp🐬#Yankees⚾🧢 (@JMRios51) March 20, 2019
Possible new alternative to presidential debates here in America?— Beth Danger (@FitzmonsterE) March 20, 2019
This should be our national election. A slapping contest from the leaders of each party. It can be run WWE style. Which current party "leader" would you like to see getting slapped? https://t.co/pm70af0aZX— Hamish Hoosen of the Pillays (@Hamish_Hoosen) March 21, 2019
This is how we should hold elections in Australia, we all take turns slapping politicians the last one standing is our new Prime Minister. https://t.co/bhyuawmVU0— CTHGPRO.COM (@Alonzo_CTHG) March 20, 2019
The championships, which promises to be a sports platform of interest "from elite athletes to youngsters" was held in the city over March 16-17, charging punters 400 rubles ($6) to feats their eyes on the extreme event, and featured special guests from the world of working out.
Its program also saw The World Strongman Cup and Siberian Dance Contest take place and included fringe sports such as armwrestling, freestyle workout and pole dancing.
Despite interest on the internet, we're not sure the brand new craze from Russia will catch on, or simply slap the smile off the face of those wanting to give it a try.