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Sheep shearing is a real sport, athletes say

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Published on 05 Jul 2019 / In Sports

Athletes donning their countries' colours converged July 5 in France for an international sports meet - not the final of the Women's World Cup, but for the World Sheep Shearing Championships.

Amid growling razors and bleeting sheep, many may raise eyebrows at the uncommon sport practiced by 300 professional sheep shearers hailing from 34 countries. But just like soccer, basketball and other international sporting events, sheep shearing is a real sport, too, shearers say.

The final event of the championship on July 7 will require contestants to shear 20 sheep within 12 to 16 minutes.

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