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International Tug of War Championships comes to Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Competitors from all over the world gathered in Madison for an epic pulling competition.

The Tug of War International Federation World Championships held its final rounds of team competitions Sunday at Olin Turville Park. Teams from 70 countries visited Madison this weekend for the event.

"It's a great honor to represent your country, people understand the sport of tug of war," says Cathal McKeever, president of the federation. "I would be keen on most sports under the sun and I reckon the people who compete in tug of war are true athletes and are training at the top level required to be a top level tug of war athlete is as intense and demanding for any sport."

This is the fourth time the competition has been held in the U.S. In 1984 it was in Oshkosh and the event came to Minnesota twice.

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