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This Abandoned Italian Fun Park Will Host the World Hide-and-Seek Championships

Ready or not, here we come.
By Tom Clift
August 26, 2016
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This Abandoned Italian Fun Park Will Host the World Hide-and-Seek Championships

Ready or not, here we come.
By Tom Clift
August 26, 2016
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Now that the Olympics are over and done with, the real sporting contests can begin. Next week, more than 300 competitors will descend upon a small, abandoned town in Italy. Their purpose? To decide beyond all doubt the greatest hide-and-seek player in the world.

The epic contest will take place on September 3-4 in Consonno at the foot of the Alps. Once known as the 'Land of Toys', the village is home to an old amusement park, but was abandoned after a landslide in the mid-'70s cut off the only access road. If you can think of a better place for a massive game of hide-and-seek, we'd certainly like to hear it.

This year will see 64 five-person teams complete for gold and glory. One of the members of last year's winning team told Quartz that the two-day tournament was "pretty competitive", and that "each team had their tactics." Just don't expect his team to share theirs, because "obviously we will never disclose them."

Sounds like a wise move, especially since a Japanese university professor began lobbying the Olympic committee to include hide-and-seek at the Tokyo Games in 2020. Although to be honest, as Olympic sports go, this probably wouldn't make for particularly good TV viewing.

Image: Marcello Brivio.

Published on August 26, 2016 by Tom Clift

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