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Germany Mud Olympics: Competitors get caked at annual event

The coastal town of Brunsbüttel in northern Germany has celebrated its 13th Wattoluempiade - its annual Mud Olympics.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright AFP
Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright AFP
Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright AFP

Inaugurated in 2004, the event sees hundreds of competitors from 40 teams from Germany and neighbouring countries compete in sports on the mud flats at the mouth of the river Elbe, where it enters the North Sea.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright Reuters

The annual event, held over the weekend, included football, volleyball and handball tournaments, with players getting caked in mud from head to toe.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright AFP
Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright AFP
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Although what these guys below are up to is anyone's guess.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright Reuters

There is also sledge racing, with competitors using sledges that are specially designed for transporting objects over the mud flats of the German North Sea coast.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright Reuters
Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright EPA

On Saturday, there was the lighting of the Mud Olympic Flame to open the games.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright Wattoluempia

Wattoluempiade is also well-covered by media, with a reported 400 camera crews and media representatives covering the event, including sports photographers producing striking images.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright EPA
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Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright EPA
Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright AFP

The Mud Olympics has two mottos: "Schmutziger Sport für eine saubere Sache" (dirty sport for a clean cause) and "Stark gegen Krebs" (Strong against cancer).

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright Reuters

Since 2004, the event has raised more than €330,000 (£294,000) to help cancer patients and their families in the west coast area of Germany's Schleswig-Holstein state.

One beneficiary is the West Coast Cancer Counselling Centre, which was created in Brunsbüttel in 2015.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright AFP

Athletes competing at Wattoluempiade are called wattlets and organisers of the event are called wattikanos.

Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright EPA
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German TV host Panagiota Petridou (below) also joined in the fun and received a mud splattering.

German TV host Panagiota Petridou is seen covered with mud Image copyright AFP
Competitors take part in the 2018 Mud Olympics in Brunsbüttel in northern Germany Image copyright Wattoluempia

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