Countries and their National Sports

This article gives insight about different Countries and their National Sports. There are different types of sports being played throughout the world. Most of the European and South American countries are known for their passion towards Football/Soccer. Cricket is popular in mainly commonwealth group including countries of South Asia and Caribbean and Australia. Gymnastics, Wrestling and Athletics is considered as the National Game of mostly Asian countries. Following is the list which gives detail information about National Sports of different countries. The list also explain other popular sports being played in various countries apart from their National game.

1. Countries and their National Sports: Japan

Countries and their National Games

  • National Sport of Japan – Sumo wrestling
  • Other Popular Games & Sports of Japan – Baseball, football, Ju-Jitsu (Martial Arts)

 2. Countries and their National Sports : Australia

Countries and their National Sports

  • National Sport of Australia – Cricket
  • Other Popular sports of Australia – football, Rugby, Horse Racing, Netball

3. Countries and their National Sports : USA 

Countries and their National Sports

  • National Sport of USA – Baseball
  • Other Popular games of USA – Football, Ice Hockey, Golf, Tennis

 4. Countries and their National Sports : Canada

Countries and their National Sports

Ice Hockey (played with Flat Ball)

  • National Sport of Canada – Ice Hockey. Ice Hockey is played with flat ball.
  • Other Popular Games – Football, Golf, Basketball, Baseball

5. Spain 

Countries and their National Sports

  • National Sport of Spain – Bull fight
  • Other popular sports of Spain – Basketball, Tennis, Formula One, Golf etc

6. Russia

There is a popular question being asked about “What is the National Sport of Russia?” There is a misconception that Chess is the National game of Russia but it is Bandy which is actually the National Game of Russia.

countries and their national sports

Bandy : National game of Russia

  • National Sport of Russia – Bandy
  • Other popular sports of Russia – Chess, Football, Basketball, Gymnastics, Figure Sketting.
  • Bandy is similar to Ice Hockey. Difference between Bandy and Ice Hockey is that Bandy is played with round ball while Ice Hockey is played with flat ball.

7. India 

Countries and their National Sports

Field Hockey

  • National Sport of India – Although Hockey is considered as the National Game of India but as per recent Sports Ministry revelation Hockey is not the National Game of India. Till now there is no declared National Game of India.
  • Other Popular Games of India – Cricket, Kabaddi, Badminton, Chess.

8. New Zealand

rugby union

  • National Sport of New Zealand – Rugby Union
  • Other popular games of New Zealand – Cricket, Netball, Basketball, Golf, Tennis

List of Countries and their National Sports

Country National Sports
 Argentina Pato
 Afghanistan  Buzkashi
 Antigua and Barbuda  Cricket
 Australia Cricket
 Bahamas Sloop Sailing
 Bangladesh Kabaddi
 Barbados Cricket
 Bermuda Cricket
 Bhutan Archery
Brazil Capoeira
Canada Ice Hockey(winter), Lacrosse (Summer)
Chile Chilean Rodeo
Columbia Tejo
Dominican Republic Baseball
England Football
Estonia Basketball
Georgia Rugby Union
Guyana Cricket
Haiti football
Hungary Football, Water Polo
Iran Wrestling
Israel Football
Jamaica Cricket
South Korea Taekwondo
Latvia Basketball(Summer), Ice Hockey (Winter)
Lithuania Basketball
Madagascar Rugby Union
Mauritius Football
Mexico Charreria
Mongolia Archery, Wrestling, Horse Racing
Nepal Dandi Biyo
Norway Cross Country Skiing
Philippines Arnis
Pakistan Field Hockey
Poland Football
Puerto Rico Paso fino, Baseball
Russia Bandy
Sri Lanka Volley Ball
Scotland Golf
Turkey Oil Wrestling
Venezuela Baseball