Way back in March, when the first lockdown came into effect, did you think for one second that heading into 2021, you’d be sat reading this article about fun lockdown games to play at home beneath the shadow of more restrictions? Be honest. Everybody thought / hoped it would all be over inside a month, with normality resuming quickly just in time for a spectacular summer of sport.
Alas, that wasn’t the case. Instead, COVID-19 continued to take our freedom away, and then it did something much worse – it stole the Olympics.
Tokyo’s 2020 flame was extinguished with the games being officially postponed until the 23rd of July 2021. In this world of lies and deceit, do we believe that it’s still going to happen? We’re not optimistic.
This is exactly why we want you to start preparing for ‘The Lockdown Olympics’, the international sporting event that is performed from the comfort of your own home.
If you want every chance of representing your country / household – you will need to get to work fast and start training for the games. Here are five events you need to up your skills on.
Tea Bag Shot Put
Before the first lockdown started, it was reported that 84 per cent of Brits drank at least one cup of tea a day. It’s now estimated that millions of us are consuming an extra two cups a day due to the national lockdown.
The Tea Bag Shot Put is a bit like the real shot put, apart from the fact that instead of pushing a heavy spherical ball, you’ll be using a 1.5 gram tea bag and trying to get it inside a cup of your choosing.
- The kettle must be boiling before you attempt any throw, with you only having three attempts to get the tea bag inside your cup before your turn is over
- The Tea Bag must be released above the height of your shoulder, and you must only use one hand at all times
- You must be standing 1.5 metres away from your cup. If you overstep, the throw will not count and you will not get an opportunity to retake
- If milk is put inside the cup first, you will automatically be disqualified and reported to your nearest local authority
Top athletes to watch out for in this competition – PG Tips Monkey, Mrs. Doyle (Father Ted)
We know life has been somewhat fast-paced as of late, but the ‘Lockdown Olympics’ would not be in anyway credible (this is what credible looks like) without a type of sprinting event. Obviously, in a confined place, nobody is expecting you to do the 100m anytime soon but a sprint to collect the mail sounds like the perfect way to pay homage to the ancient sport of running really fast.
- Sprinters must be at the start line (the hallway) in time with the regular post-delivery and must be in a crouched position until the mail is shoved through the letterbox
- House slippers are not to be worn under any circumstance
- Once the mail is retrieved, you must bring it back to your original starting point, which is when the timer will stop
- If you make any contact with the postman’s fingers, you will be immediately disqualified
Top athletes to watch out for in this competition – Usain Bolt, Your Dog
Run 5K In Your House
The announcements of the new tiers across the country have been overwhelming for many people, and you may well find it daunting to get down to your local park and do your usual 5k running routes. If you are worried about leaving the house for exercise, we’ve got good news – you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
As you can see in the video above, we’ve already had a go at it. It only took Mpora’s very own Jack Clayton 5 minutes and 46 seconds to finish the run (sort of), obliterating in the process the previous 5K World Record of 12:35.36 set by Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei.
The Rules: Rules? There are no rules. Just don’t step on your pets / hurt yourself.
Top athletes to watch out for in this competition – Jack Clayton, Mo Farah