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Blog: Mayans would have made top referees

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad and the new Squash 200 Partnership, building clubs of the future. Founder of the Kent Open and co-promoter of the St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic. Author and Public Speaker.

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Just reading an article in the Daily Mail about a game played by the ancient Mayan civilisation which had rules similar to squash.

The report states: “There was one crucial difference, though – the losers would sometimes become human sacrifices.”

The article refers to an exhibition of Mayan art about to go on show at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, which includes protective gear used by the Mayans when they played their version of squash.

Apparently, the idea was to keep the ball in play for as long as possible, and the players would wear protective gear to stop them being injured.

But this, said the report, was of scant consolation if they lost the game and were then offered up as human sacrifices.

I can see the minds of quite a few tournament referees whirring away here, thinking of how they can incorporate this ancient idea into modern codes of conduct.

If nothing else, it brings a new meaning to the phrase “Dead Nick”.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2063204/Indiana-Jones-missed-REAL-Mayan-skull–crystal-shaped-like-monkey.html#ixzz1eXzVXnRA

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2063204/Indiana-Jones-missed-REAL-Mayan-skull–crystal-shaped-like-monkey.html

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