If the world isn’t weird enough for you, imagine training so hard in futsal just so you can win expensive caskets. Yes, you read that right. This annual futsal tournament, hosted by the Peruvian city of Juliaca, has been dubbed the world’s most depressing sports competition for offering coffins as prizes to the three best teams. Copa Ataúdes or Coffin Cup is a competition between teams representing the twelve largest funeral houses in the Puno Region of southeastern Peru, so it kind of makes sense that the main prizes are something representative of the funeral business.
Copa Ataúdes, the Sports Tournament That Gives Coffins as Prizes
If these morbidly hilarious prizes weren’t enough, the 12 teams competing in Coffin Cup 2019 also chose some thematic names for themselves, like “Last Goodbye,” “Eternal Dream,” “Rest and Peace,” “Los Angeles,” or “Road to Paradise.”
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But this entire motif didn’t stop the winning team from parading their luxury coffin on their shoulders and singing “Olé, olé, campeon!” at the end of the final match.
Organizers declared themselves proud of being the first to offer coffins as prizes in a sports competition, and they don’t just reward the champion with an ordinary coffin. The top prize for the winning team was a luxury coffin valued at 4,500 soles (about $1,300). The Coffin Cup promised to put even more expensive ones on the line next year.
“I want to thank God. Never at an international level has there been an inter-hospitality championship with coffins as prizes,” a Coffin Cup official told reporters.
Thing is, each team only receives one coffin when they win. Sharing one coffin with five other teammates doesn’t exactly sound worthwhile! No one knows how the members of the three best teams plan to split the prizes, but we’re guessing they’ll just sell the coffins and split the cash.