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Cup-stacking, a lightning speed sport

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 01:29

March 26 - Japan's fastest hands go for the top cup-stacking prize in the 2012 Sport Stacking Championship. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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It might look easy, but stacking these cups into pyramid form is enough of a challenge to be considered a sport in Japan. And the cup-stacking competition in Tokyo drew participants from ages four to 83, all competing for the fastest hands title. 8-year-old Shoko Arai is hoping to win a medal this year. (SOUNDBITE) Shoko Arai, 8-year-old competitor, saying (Japanese): "When you get a medal you're of course happy and I like that. So I want to get some sort of medal, but I also do it because you can participate with everyone." Competitive categories include team relays and individual stacking, where one works with a partner and each person is only allowed to use one hand. Shuuji Hirasaki admits that practicing with his 10-year-old son is addicting. (SOUNDBITE) Shuuji Hirasaki, 53-year-old competitor, saying (Japanese): "I decided to register as a parent-child team this time. Once I actually tried it, it's really quite interesting and now I'm kind of hooked." Tokyo's fastest stacking winner will go on to compete in the World Stacking Championships, which will take place in Germany in April. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.

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Cup-stacking, a lightning speed sport

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 01:29