25 Most Popular Sports In The World

For thousands of years, people have loved to watch and play sports. From the ancient Olympic games in Greece to the Super Bowl, sports are an important part of the human experience. But, out of all the sports that exist, which are the most popular? Here are the 25 most popular sports in the world.

25

Wrestling

WrestlingSource: http://www.softschools.com/facts/sports/wrestling_facts/796/

Wrestling, and no not the WWE kind, is one of the oldest sports, dating back 15,000 years ago. It’s popular in high school and collegiate settings all over the world.  In 1896, wrestling was named a “foundational sport” in the Olympic games.

24

Water Polo

water poloSource: http://www.encyclopedia.com/sports-and-everyday-life/sports/sports/water-polo

Water Polo was invented in England and combines elements of many different sports into one. It grew in popularity all over the world and became an Olympic sport in the 1900s.


23

Table Tennis

table tennisSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/72560/12-rapid-fire-facts-about-ping-pong

Though the International Table Tennis Association was formed in 1925 in Berlin, the sport really took off in China and other Asian countries. It became an official Olympic sport in 1988.

22

Hurling

hurlingSource: http://montrealshamrocks.com/about/what-is-hurling/

Started in Ireland over 3,000 years ago, Hurling shares many features with Gaelic Football and is one of the fastest gameplay sports in the world. Hurling is primarily popular in English speaking countries like England, Australia, and New Zealand.


21

Skiing

freestyleSource: https://www.factmonster.com/sports/ipka-and-a0771593/skiing

Originally, skiing wasn’t a sport but a form of transportation in the mountains. After the Olympics adopted the sport in 1936, it really took off and became a competitive and popular segment in the games.



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