Video: Handbag-Throwing championship

Fifteen countries battled in the unusual Handbag Throwing Championship in Germany Photograph:( WION )

AFP New Delhi, India Sep 19, 2016, 09.39 AM (IST) WION Edge

Fifteen countries recently competed for the bizarre 'Golden Handbag' trophy at the Annual Handbag-Throwing World Championship in Bottrop, Germany.


This was the fifth edition of the unconventional championship and has given enthusiasts ample time to master the technique. German competitor Stefan Koopman, 36, won the championship by throwing his mother’s bag at a distance of 46.20 meters.

The inventor and organiser, André Puchta, came up with the concept when he witnessed a handbag theft at a local cafe in Germany. There are four types of shots: free-style, discus throw, crank throw and the throw between the legs. The handbags are filled with sand weighing 2 kg for men and 1 kg in the women’s class.