Popular sports in top 10 populous countries

China is the most populous country followed by India and USA. Unlike India, China has now become a sporting powerhouse across many sports including the Olympic Sports. China comes in top 3 in most of the recent Olympics and as of 2018 stands 7th over all with 608 medals. In 2008 Beijing Olympics China topped the medal table for the first time ever. USA stands number one in the total number of Olympic medals at 2,827 medals till 2018,  followed by Russia / Soviet Union. Click here, for a complete medal list

1. Popular Sports in China (1,415.05 million people)

  1. Table tennis (ping-pong)
  2. Table Tennis is the Chinese National Sport and the most famous sport in China. At International Level Competitions, Chinese win more than 60% of the medals and their Women win more than 95% of the medals. Virtually there is no competition as such for Chinese Players. There are multiple reasons behind this utter dominance of Chinese Table Tennis players, which include Government Support, Volume of Chinese Players (300 million), Quality of Coaching, Social Recognition, Financial Benefits, Employment Preferences, etc
  3. badminton
  4. Basketball
  5. soccer
  6. running
  7. Square Dancing
  8. Swimming
  9. Yoga
  10. Tai Chi

2. Popular Sports in India (1,354.05 million people)

  1. Cricket
  2. Football
  3. Kabaddi
  4. Badminton
  5. Field Hockey
  6. Tennis
  7. Wrestling
  8. Boxing
  9. Shooting
  10. Basketball
  11. WeightLifting
  12. Chess
  13. Squash
  14. Table Tennis
  15. Golf
  16. Archery
  17. Volleyball

3. Popular Sports in United States (326.77 million people)

  1. American Football
  2. Baseball
  3. Basketball
  4. Ice Hockey
  5. Soccer
  6. Boxing
  7. Auto Racing
  8. Golf
  9. Tennis
  10. Mixed Martial Arts
  11. Volleyball
  12. Swimming
  13. Track and Field
  14. Skiing
  15. Lacrosse
  16. SnowBoarding
  17. Wrestling
  18. Rugby
  19. Surfing
  20. Bowling
  21. Gymnastic
  22. Fishing
  23. Horse Racing
  24. Cycling
  25. Ultimate Frisbee
  26. Skateboarding
  27. Water polo
  28. Kickball
  29. X Games
  30. Motocross
  31. Cheerleading
  32. Hunting
  33. Cricket
  34. Ice Skating
  35. Kayaking
  36. Body Building
  37. Target Shooting
  38. Roller Skating

4. Popular Sports in Indonesia (266.79 million people)

  1. Badminton
  2. Football or Soccer
  3. Basketball
  4. Pencak Silat
  5. Cycling
  6. Boxing
  7. Sepak takraw
  8. Rugby
  9. Polo
  10. Surfing
  11. Volleyball

5. Popular Sports in Brazil (210.87 million people)

  1. Football or Soccer
  2. Volleyball
  3. Swimming
  4. Athletics
  5. Futsal and Beach Soccer
  6. Judo
  7. Capoeira
  8. Surfing
  9. Skateboarding
  10. Basketball
  11. Table Tennis
  12. Handball
  13. Mixed Martial Arts
  14. Tennis
  15. Auto Racing

6. Popular Sports in Pakistan(200.81 million people)

  1. Cricket
  2. Field Hockey
  3. Squash
  4. Football
  5. Snooker
  6. Table Tennis
  7. Badminton
  8. Tennis
  9. Boxing
  10. Volleyball

7. Popular Sports in Nigeria(195.88 million people)

  1. Football or Soccer
  2. Dambe Boxing 
  3. Athletics 
  4. judo
  5. wrestling
  6. boxing
  7. weightlifting
  8. tennis
  9. Table Tennis

8. Popular Sports in Bangladesh(166.37 million people)

  1. Cricket
  2. Football or Soccer
  3. Field Hockey
  4. Tennis
  5. Badminton
  6. Volleyball
  7. Handball
  8. Chess
  9. Carom
  10. Wrestling
  11. Weightlifting
  12. Squash
  13. Billiards
  14. Snooker

9. Popular Sports in Russia(143.96 million people)

  1. Football or Soccer
  2. Ice Hockey
  3. Tennis
  4. Rugby
  5. Gymnastics
  6. Bandy
  7. Biathlon
  8. Skating
  9. Basketball
  10. Swimming
  11. Athletics
  12. Boxing
  13. Juso
  14. Martial Arts
  15. weightlifting
  16. Fencing
  17. Chess
  18. MotorSports
  19. Handball
  20. Volleyball

10.Popular Sports in Mexico(130.76 million people)

  1. Football or Soccer
  2. Baseball
  3. Boxing
  4. Lucha Libre or Wrestling
  5. Taekwondo
  6. Bullfighting
  7. Charrería
  8. American football
  9. Rugby
  10. Polo
  11. Racquetball
  12. Tennis
  13. Auto Racing
  14. Golf

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