The pullers joining their muscle powers to win.
It was a fight for every inch of ground – fierce, powerful and exciting at the same time. Two teams stick to the rope and let their muscles play. Tug of war is a tough sports as was shown by the athletes of the GENSB – youth tournament on the Dreieckswiese in the Wedau Sports Park on August 23, 2003. It was a pretaste of the World Games competitions of the world’s best Tug of War athletes.
The young teams in which girls have their proper places went ahead noisily: the pullers came from England, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Dressed in Rugby shirts and wearing boots with metal-heel plates, the teams ploughed up the lawn. During the contest furrows are opened in the ground which can be up to 25 centimetres deep. The record is a 50 centimetre deep furrow.
Two teams, their hands covered with resin to have a better grip, pull the rope produced specially for this purpose, while the place resounds with shouts of encouragement. When the athletes’ muscles get tense and the pulling starts, about 2.5 tons act on the centre of the special rope. That force stems only from the legs and the muscles of the back –not from the arms.
Switzerland was the winner of the GENSB tournament. The German team won silver and the team from Lithuania finished third. The winning teams were given their awards by Gunter H. Fahrion, President of the Deutscher Rasenkraftsport- and Tauziehverband (German Tug of War Federation), and Co Koren, President of the International Tug of War Federation and General Secretary of the IWGA. The organizers were pleased: The Tug of War tournament was another successful pre-event for the 2005 World Games in Duisburg.