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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 cricket is in England, while others are de jure (established by law) national sports, as lacrosse and ice hockey are in Canada. These sports do not have to be necessarily the most played or most followed, which would be either association football or basketball in all but a few countries, but are widely considered to be important to the country or significant for its culture.

De jure national sports

Country Sport Year defined as
national sport
23x15px Argentina Pato 1953[1]
23x15px Bahamas Sloop sailing 1993[2]
23x15px Bangladesh Kabaddi ("national game") 1972[3]
23x15px Brazil Capoeira 1972[4]
23x15px Canada Lacrosse (summer), Ice hockey (winter) 1994[5]
23x15px Chile Chilean rodeo 1962[6]
23x15px Colombia Tejo 2000[7]
Template:Country data Iran Varzesh-e Bastani, Wrestling 1976[8]
23x15px Mexico Charrería 1933[9]
23x15px Philippines Arnis 2009[10]
23x15px Puerto Rico Paso Fino ("autochthonous sport") 1966[11]
23x15px Sri Lanka Volleyball 1991[12]
File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal Dandi Biyo 1973[13]
23x15px Uruguay Destrezas Criollas
(Creole [i.e. gaucho] Skills[14])

De facto national sports

Country Sport
23x15px Afghanistan Buzkashi[16]
23x15px Anguilla Yacht racing[17]
23x15px Antigua and Barbuda Cricket[18]
23x15px Barbados Cricket[19]
23x15px Bermuda Cricket[20]
23x15px Bhutan Archery[21]
23x15px Canada Hockey[22][23][24]
23x15px Dominican Republic Baseball[25]
23x15px England Football[26]
23x15px Estonia Basketball[27]
23x15px Finland Pesäpallo[28]
23x15px Georgia Rugby union[29]
23x15px Grenada Cricket[30]
23x15px Guyana Cricket[31]
Template:Country data Haiti Football[32]
23x15px Hungary Football[33] or Water polo[34]
Template:Country data India Hockey[35][36][37]
Template:Country data Israel Football[38]
23x15px Ireland Gaelic games[39][40][41]
Template:Country data Jamaica Cricket[42]
Template:Country data Japan Sumo[43]
Template:Country data South Korea Taekwondo[44]
23x15px Latvia Basketball (summer), Ice hockey (winter),[45]
23x15px Lithuania Basketball[46][47]
23x15px Madagascar Rugby union[48][49]
23x15px Mauritius Football[50]
23x15px Mongolia Archery, Mongolian wrestling, Horse racing[51][52]
23x15px New Zealand Rugby Union[53]
23x15px Norway Cross-country skiing[54][55]
23x15px Pakistan Field hockey[56][57]
23x15px Papua New Guinea Rugby league[58][59]
23x15px Peru Paleta Frontón[60]
23x15px Poland Football[61]
23x15px Puerto Rico Baseball
23x15px Romania Oină[62]
23x15px Russia Bandy[61]
23x15px Serbia Banatske Å ore[63]
23x15px Scotland Golf[64]
23x15px Slovenia Alpine skiing[65][65]
23x15px Turkey Oil wrestling[66] & Cirit[67]
23x15px Turks and Caicos Islands Cricket[68]
23x15px United States Baseball, American Football[69][70][71]
23x15px Venezuela Baseball[72][73]
23x15px Wales Rugby union[74]

See also


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  2. ^ Craton, Michael; Gail Saunders (1998). Islanders in the Stream: A History of the Bahamian People. University of Georgia Press. p. 471. ISBN 0-8203-2284-9. 
  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. [dead link]
  4. ^ Lowell, John (1992). Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira. University of Chicago Press. p. 61. ISBN 0-226-47683-9. 
  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) (University of Chile) (17). ISSN 0717-5051. Retrieved 14 July 2008. A reconocerse, en 1962, el rodeo como deporte nacional y oficial [10 de enero de 1962, oficio N°269 del Consejo Nacional de Deportes y Comité Olímpico de Chile] 
  7. ^ "Colombia Law 613 of 4 September 2000". Global Legal Information Network. Retrieved 14 July 2008. 
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  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" (PDF). Office of Legislative Services of Puerto Rico. 11 April 2000. p. 1. Retrieved 14 July 2008. In 1966, the Public Parks and Recreation Administration and the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee awarded official recognition of the “paso fino” horse riding sport as the autochthonous sport of Puerto Rico. 
  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. 
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  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". Government of Barbados. Retrieved 21 July 2008. The national sport of Barbados is cricket 
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  21. ^ "National Symbols". Bhutan Portal. Government of Bhutan. Retrieved 21 July 2008. National Game: The national sport of Bhutan is archery. 
  22. ^ Gonzalez Echevarria, Roberto (1999). "A Cuban Belle Époque". The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball. Oxford University Press. p. 76. ISBN 0-19-514605-0. Baseball is so ingrained in Cuba that it has thrived as the "national sport" through forty years of a bitterly anti-American revolution. 
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  24. ^ Castro, Fidel (13 August 1999). "Speech at a meeting with Pan American Games delegation members". Retrieved 24 July 2008. the game that [...] is [...] our national sport [...] I am talking of baseball 
  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. 
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  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. 
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  35. ^ 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. 
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