02/08/2016 6:30 PM AEST | Updated 04/08/2016 2:48 AM AEST

11 Weird Sports That Were Actually In The Olympics

Some seriously strange sports have appeared at the Olympic Games over the years. Tug of war or live pigeon shooting, anyone?

With Rio 2016 kicking off on Friday, The Huffington Post takes a look at some of the weirdest events to have taken place at previous Olympiads.

Warning: Some are definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Check them out here: