Svaika (Russian: Свайка, marlinspike) was a favorite throwing game of Russian lower-class men up to 20th century. It is a game in which a marlinspike-like spear is thrown to land in the middle of a metal ring lying on the ground some distance away. A tool for the game can weight up to 5 lbs. By one version Tsarevich Dmitry died from a stab wound while he was playing this game.
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- Riordan, James Sport in Soviet Society: Development of Sport and Physical Education in Russia and the USSR. Cambridge: Cambtidge University Press, 1977. Page 30
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|Making a spear for the game|