New Olympic Sport – Hole Digging?

Those wacky folks over in Japan are at it again!

More than 1,000 avid fans descended on a camping site on the outskirts of Tokyo on Sunday, with more than 200 teams competing in the Japan All-National Hole Digging Competition. At stake was the much-coveted Golden Shovel award.

The majority of the teams taking part in the 11th annual event were made up of professional hole-diggers, such as road maintenance crews and gas company employees, organizers told Reuters, although there were a number of all-female teams and squads of school children.

Competitors were given 30 minutes to dig as deep a hole as possible, although extra points were also awarded for “the most creative hole” and the most original costume worn by the diggers.

All shovels were measured to make sure they met width regulations, while the other rules of the sport included the penalty of disqualification for any team that tried to put earth back into a competitor’s hole.

The winning team managed to reach a depth of 3.26 meters (10 feet 8 inches) in the allotted time, taking home the first prize of Y100,000 (£753) and the Golden Shovel.  $1,000 is pretty good for dig’in a nice hole?