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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NZ Police ban league, soccer, boxing, tae kwon do, judo, karate, and arm-wrestling 

In response to news of drunken Christchurch yokels exercising their right to participate in backyard brawling, Acting Detective Inspector David Long, of the Christchurch police, said people could not consent to being assaulted.

I call bullshit on that one.

Of course you can consent to being assaulted - otherwise contact sports and martial arts would be illegal, or at least rendered impossible by virtue of the frequency of criminal charges being brought against those who, e.g., tackle opposition players, or deliver round-house kicks to the heads of opponents.

Professional rugby union would be exempt from the law, as the idea is avoid the risk of being tackled by an opponent by kicking the ball away as soon as possible.

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