As exciting as they sound, the Asian Beach Games (held Dec. 8-16) in Oman didn't get much coverage in the U.S. There was more widespread coverage of a gaffe after FIFA announced Qatar has been awarded the 2022 World Cup. Speaking in South Africa, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said during a press conference that gays and lesbians attending the cup should refrain from sexual activities. He was responding to a question about Qatar's laws making homosexuality illegal and same-sex activity punishable by flogging and up to five years in prison. (He laterapologized.) Meanwhile, Oman hosted the Asian Games, which draws participant nations from Lebanon to Japan to Indonesia, including many former Soviet republics. There are 14 sports in the Asian games, some of which are only open to male competitors. Among the unique sports is Tent Pegging, a horse riding competition that looks sort of like jousting as participants spear objects with swords. Other events include ocean water polo, beach soccer, volleyball, body building, beach wrestling and jet ski sports. Thailand topped the medal count, beating out second place China and third place Oman.
Awesome photos of some of these sports, including more body building, after the jump.