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The Nascondino World Championship (nascondino means hide-and-seek in Italian) brought together 320 players for its 7th edition.
How to play?
Players are divided in 64 teams of 5 people. A team has one minute to hide. Its members then have 10 minutes to come out of hiding and reach a mattress in the middle of a field without being caught by the other teams, the "catchers".
The more members of a team reach the mattress, the more points for the team.
The best players must be fast, but also very patient and strategical so they don't get caught.
The French tactic
It seemed to have worked well for them since they won the championship. Another team from France also finished third.
The Euro title might have slipped away from France, but the country can now comfort itself knowing it is the best at hide-and-seek.
Olympic discipline ?
You might not take hide-and-seek seriously, but you should know that a Japanese university professor is campaigning ardently for the sport to be featured at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.