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National sport

A national sport or national pastime is a sport or game that is considered to be an intrinsic part of the culture of a nation. Some sports are de facto (not established by law) national sports, as baseball is in the United States and football is in England, while others are de jure (established by law) national sports, as lacrosse and ice hockey are in Canada.


  • De jure national sports 1
  • De facto national sports 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

De jure national sports

Country Sport Year defined as
national sport
 Argentina Pato 1953[1]
 Bahamas Sloop sailing 1993[2]
 Bangladesh Kabaddi ("national game") 1972[3]
 Brazil Capoeira 1972[4]
 Canada Lacrosse (summer), Ice hockey (winter) 1994[5]
 Chile Chilean rodeo 1962[6]
 Colombia Tejo 2000[7]
 Iran Varzesh-e Bastani, Wrestling 1976[8]
 Mexico Charrería 1933[9]
 Philippines Arnis 2009[10]
 Puerto Rico Paso Fino ("autochthonous sport") 1966[11]
 Sri Lanka Volleyball 1991[12]
   Nepal Dandi Biyo 1973[13]
 Uruguay Destrezas Criollas
(Creole [i.e. gaucho] Skills[14])

De facto national sports

Country Sport
 Afghanistan Buzkashi[16]
 Anguilla Yacht racing[17]
 Antigua and Barbuda Cricket[18]
 Barbados Cricket[19]
 Bermuda Cricket[20]
 Bhutan Archery[21]
 Cuba Baseball[22][23][24]
 Dominican Republic Baseball[25]
 England Cricket[26]
 Estonia Basketball[27]
 Finland Pesäpallo[28]
 Georgia Rugby union[29]
 Grenada Cricket[30]
 Guyana Cricket[31]
 Hungary Association football[32] or Water polo[33]
 India Field hockey[34][35][36]
 Israel Association football[37]
 Ireland Gaelic games[38][39][40]
 Jamaica Cricket[41]
 Japan Sumo[42]
 South Korea Taekwondo[43]
 Latvia Basketball (summer), Ice hockey (winter),[44]
 Lithuania Basketball[45][46]
 Madagascar Rugby union[47][48]
 Mauritius Football[49]
 Mongolia Archery, Mongolian wrestling, Horse racing[50][51]
 New Zealand Rugby union[52]
 Norway Cross-country skiing[53][54]
 Pakistan Field hockey[55][56]
 Papua New Guinea Rugby league[57][58]
 Peru Paleta Frontón[59]
 Romania Oină[60]
 Russia Bandy[61]
 Scotland Golf[62]
 Slovenia Alpine skiing[63][63]
 Turkey Oil wrestling[64] & Cirit[65]
 Turks and Caicos Islands Cricket[66]
 United States Baseball[67][68][69]
 Venezuela Baseball[70][71]
 Wales Rugby union[72]

See also


  1. ^ "Argentina Decree Nº 17468 of 16 September 1953". Federación Argentina de Pato. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Craton, Michael; Gail Saunders (1998). Islanders in the Stream: A History of the Bahamian People.  
  3. ^ "Banglapedia: Kabadi". Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Retrieved 21 July 2008. Ha-du-du was given the name kabadi and the status of National Game in 1972. 
  4. ^ Lowell, John (1992). Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira.  
  5. ^ National Sports of Canada Act S.C. 1994, c. 16, Justice Laws Website, National Government of Canada
  6. ^ Moreira Recchione, Alberto (December 2007). "La Medialuna: un edificio para Chile". Revista de urbanismo (in Spanish) ( 
  7. ^ "Colombia Law 613 of 4 September 2000".  
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ """La Charrería "Nuestro Deporte Nacional (in Spanish). Mexican Department of Tourism. Retrieved 14 July 2008. El año de 1933 fue muy importante, ya que el general Abelardo L. Rodríguez, emite un decreto presidencial, dando a la Charrería el título de único Deporte Nacional. 
  10. ^ "Republic Act No. 9850: An Act declaring Arnis as the national martial art and sport of the Philippines". Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Puerto Rico Act 64 of 2000, S.B. 1856" ( 
  12. ^ Fernando, Leslie (3 June 2005). "Sponsors President's Gold Cup tourney: Dialog assures future of VB". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 14 July 2008. Way back in 1991 volleyball was declared as the national sport of Sri Lanka but it was only name sake. 
  13. ^ Fernando, Leslie (3 June 2005). "Sponsors President's Gold Cup tourney: Dialog assures future of VB". Daily News (Nepal). Retrieved 14 July 2008. Way back in 1973 Dandi Biyo was declared as the national sport of Nepal but it was only name sake. 
  14. ^ Aeberhard, Danny; Andrew Benson; Lucy Phillips; et al. (2001). The Rough Guide to Argentina. p. 198.  
  15. ^ "Uruguay Law 17958 of 21 April 2006".  
  16. ^ "Buzkashi: The National Game of Afghanis". Embassy of Afghanistan, Canberra. Retrieved 21 July 2008. 
  17. ^ "Boat Racing Season Officially Opens". The Anguillian. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2008. Director of Sports, Alkins Rogers, [...] reported that the Government recognizes boat racing as the national sport of Anguilla and was giving financial resources for its development. 
  18. ^ "Antiguans and Barbudans". Retrieved 10 July 2008. Cricket, a left-over from the British rule, is the national sport of Antigua and Barbuda. 
  19. ^ "Barbados: Sports".  
  20. ^ Luke, Will (March 2007). "Cricket by association".  
  21. ^ "National Symbols". Bhutan Portal.  
  22. ^ Gonzalez Echevarria, Roberto (1999). "A Cuban Belle Époque". The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball.  
  23. ^ Mckinley, James C., Jr (26 March 1999). "Baseball; Clash of Cultures, Pride and Passion". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 July 2008. Most Cubans, after all, consider baseball to be their national sport, a game entwined in history with their struggle for independence from Spain and the birth of their nation. 
  24. ^  
  25. ^ "Some facts about the Dominican Republic". Embassy of the Dominican Republic, Washington. Retrieved 22 July 2008. Baseball is the Dominican Republic’s national sport. 
  26. ^ Hughes, Simon (9 April 2009). "Cricket losing status as national sport". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  27. ^ Lonely Planet Eastern Europe (9 ed.). Lonely Planet. 2007. p. 319. Basketball is the unofficial national sport 
  28. ^ "About Finland: General information: Sports". Embassy of Finland, Washington. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2008. the national sport, “pesäpallo” 
  29. ^ There is far more to savour in European rugby union than just the Six Nations The Guardian
  30. ^ "Batting For Grenada". Grenada Life. Grenada Board of Tourism. March 2007. p. 38. Retrieved 21 July 2008. in the first Grenada Cricket Classics [, h]eroes such as Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Curtley Ambrose came together to promote what is considered by many to be the national sport in Grenada. 
  31. ^ "Games". Guyana Tourism Authority. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008. Cricket lovely Cricket! One cannot miss out on Guyana’s national sport without participating in a game of cricket while in Guyana. 
  32. ^ Rinehart, Robert E. (2007). Wagg, Stephen; Andrews, David L., eds. East Plays West: Sport and the Cold War (London/New York: Routledge). p. 50.  
  33. ^ Pedersen, Paul M.; Thibault, Lucie (2014). Contemporary Sport Management (5th ed.). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics. p. 257.  
  34. ^ Basra, Sukhwant (11 March 2008). "No National status, except in NCERT textbooks". dnaindia. Retrieved 15 July 2008. The status of hockey as the national sport is not enshrined in any official proclamation by the Government of India. The NCERT textbook for Class XI does [...] state that India’s national game is hockey and that, in a way, does make for an official take on the issue. 
  35. ^ "Citizens: Sports: Hockey". National Portrait of India.  
  36. ^ In 2012, statements were published that hockey was no longer the national sport: "Hockey is not India's national game: Sports Ministry".  
  37. ^ "Football in Israel". AsiaRooms. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2012. The popularity of Football in Israel is sky-high and is the most popular sport of the nation by a distance. Football in Israel is the unofficial national sport of the nation and developed as an organized sport in the country during the period when the British controlled the administration or was the days of the British Mandate. 
  38. ^ "RTÉ Secures Comprehensive GAA Championship Coverage Until 2010".  
  39. ^ "Adjournment Matters. - Eurathlon Programme.".  
  40. ^ Farrelly, Hugh (15 September 2009). "The most progressive team in Ireland". Retrieved 17 September 2009. It's [the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final] a big deal in Ireland, where Gaelic games are the national sport, but the problem for the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is that no-one outside the country, save for committed expatriates, gives a fig. 
  41. ^ "History of Jamaica". Jamaican Embassy, Washington. Retrieved 21 July 2008. The legacy of Britain also lives on in Jamaica in many ways [...] the game of cricket is the national sport. 
  42. ^ "What Is Sumo?". Kids Web Japan sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  43. ^ Li, MacIntosh, Bravo (2012). International Sport Management. p. 208.  
  44. ^ "Nacionālie sporta veidi..." (in Latviešu). Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  45. ^  
  46. ^ Winn, Luke (15 August 2011). "Lithuania Calling". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 24 August 2011. Basketball is the only sport the 3.2 million Lithuanians truly care about—it's their second religion, after Catholicism—and their success is proportionately stunning. 
  47. ^ "Madagascar take Sevens honours". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  48. ^ "14-place jump for Madagascar". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  49. ^ Richards, Alexandra.Mauritius: Rodrigues, Réunion. Bradt Travel Guides, 2009, p.90
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  52. ^ "Sport, Fitness and Leisure". New Zealand Official Yearbook. Statistics New Zealand. 2000. Retrieved 21 July 2008. Traditionally New Zealanders have excelled in rugby union, which is regarded as the national sport, and track and field athletics. 
  53. ^ Mølster, Odd (1996). "Skiing and the Creation of a Norwegian Identity - part 2". News of Norway, issue 2. Norwegian Embassy, Washington. Retrieved 21 July 2008. the national sport could become a fine weapon in time of war. In 1943, Norway's resistance movement won an epochal victory – on skis, of course 
  54. ^ Berglund, Nina (20 February 2006). "Few cheers for Norway".  
  55. ^ "Sport in Pakistan". Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  56. ^ "Pakistan's Olympic humiliation in national sport". Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  57. ^ "PNG vow to upset World Cup odds". Rugby League (Federación Peruana de Frontón). 15 October 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2009. But it would still be one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history if Papua New Guinea - the only country to have rugby league as its national sport - were to qualify for the last four. 
  58. ^ "PNG seal 2010 Four Nations place". BBC. 1 November 2009. 
  59. ^ "Paleta-Frontón". Club Regatas Lima. Club Regatas Lima. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  60. ^ "Oina - sportul naţional uitat" (in Romanian). Adevărul Holding. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2012. Dar nici deciziile luate de autorităţile comuniste nu au salvat sportul naţional românesc de la uitare. 
  61. ^ "Russian bandy players blessed for victory at world championship in Kazan". Tatar-Inform. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  62. ^ "Alex Salmond quote". Sport Scotland. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
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  65. ^ "Ata Sporu - Cirit". Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  66. ^ "ICC Members: Turks and Caicos Islands".  
  67. ^ Duquette, Jerold J. (1999). Regulating the National Pastime: Baseball and Antitrust.  
  68. ^ Schrag, Myles (2003). "Baseball as National Pastime Revisted: And a Little Town Shall Lead Them". In Peter Carino. Baseball/literature/culture: Essays, 1995-2001.  
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  71. ^ Aponte, Pedro Rafael (2008). The Invention of the National in Venezuelan Art Music, 1920--1960 (UMI:3349149). p. 56. Since it was first introduced in the country, baseball has been recognized in Venezuela as the national sport 
  72. ^ Harris, John (Summer 2006). "(Re)Presenting Wales: National Identity and Celebrity in the Postmodern Rugby World". North American Journal of Welsh Studies (North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History) 6 (2). Retrieved 14 July 2008. rugby used to be the undisputed national sport of Wales [...] Rugby Union’s assumed position as ”the national game” has often been questioned on the basis that it is predominantly a game played and followed in South Wales. 
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