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~ Thursday, March 03, 2005
 
WORLD OF SPORT

40 national sports:

1 Pakistan - hockey
2 Bhutan - archery
3 Canada – lacrosse (officially, though ice hockey is more popular)
4 Bangladesh – kabbadi (team tag game)
5 Iceland – glima (form of wrestling)
6 Anguilla – boat-racing
7 Afghanistan – buzkashi (players on horseback compete to carry an animal carcase to a goal)
8 Ireland – hurling (hockey-style game)
9 Thailand - muay Thai (form of boxing)
10 Japan - sumo
11 Bulgaria - weightlifting
12 Wales – rugby union
13 Norway – Nordic skiing
14 Uzbekistan – kurash (form of wrestling)
15 Finland – pesäpallo (baseball-style game) (rallying, javelin and ski-jumping also popular)
16 Iran - wrestling
17 USA - baseball
18 Sri Lanka – volleyball
19 The Philippines - sipa (ball kicking game), arnis (martial art) (basketball is most popular)
20 UAE – camel racing
21 Columbia – tejo (metal discs are thrown at targets which explode)
22 Spain - bullfighting
23 Switzerland – hornussen (baseball-style game)
24 England – football*
25 New Zealand – rugby union
26 Korea – tae kwon do
27 Jamaica - cricket
28 Venezuala – baseball
29 China – table tennis
30 Mexico – charrería (rodeo-like team sport)
31 Turkey – yagli güres (oil-wrestling)
32 Taiwan – badminton (or baseball)
33 Papua New Guinea – rugby league
34 Chile - rodeo
35 Malaysia - sepak takraw (similar to volleyball, but using the feet)
36 India – hockey
37 France - cycling
38 Brazil – capoeira (martial art)
39 Ethiopia – distance running
40 Cuba - baseball

Note: some countries have an official national sport, in others the 'national sport' is assumed to be the most popular sport, or the most famous traditional sport; *football (soccer) is the national sport of many nations, as far apart as Egypt, Italy, Paraguay, Myanmar (Burma) and Nigeria

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