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A national sport 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 Sumo is in Japan and Gaelic games are in Ireland, while others are de jure (established by law) national sports, as taekwondo is in South Korea.


De jure national sports

Sports declared as national sport by a law:

CountrySportYear defined as
national sport
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Pato 1953Argentina Decree Nº 17468 [1]
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh Kabaddi 1972 [2]
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan Archery 1971 [3]
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Capoeira 1972 [4]
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Lacrosse (summer)
Ice hockey (winter)
1994National Sports of Canada Act [5]
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Rodeo 1962 [6]
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Tejo 2000Colombia Law 613 [7]
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Varzesh-e Bastani, Wrestling, Polo 1976 [8]
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Charrería 1933 [9]
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia Football, Netball, Rugby 2018 [10]
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal Volleyball 2017 [11]
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Arnis 2009Republic Act No. 9850 [12]
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico (United States) Paso Fino horse riding1966Puerto Rico Act 64 of 2000 [13]
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Taekwondo 2018 [14]
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Destrezas Criollas
(Creole [i.e. gaucho] Skills [15] )
2006Uruguay Law 17958 [16]

De facto national sports

Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan Buzkashi [17]
Flag of Anguilla.svg  Anguilla Boat racing [18]
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  Antigua and Barbuda Cricket [19]
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Alpine skiing [20]
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda Cricket [21]
Flag of the Basque Country.svg  Basque Country Basque pelota [22]
Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados Cricket [23]
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba Baseball [24] [25] [26]
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic Baseball [27]
Flag of England.svg  England Cricket [28]
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Basketball (summer), Ice hockey (winter) [29]
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Rugby Union [30]
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Pesäpallo [31]
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Rugby union [32]
Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada Cricket [33]
Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana Cricket [34] [35]
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti Association football [36]
Flag of India.svg  India Hockey
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Pencak Silat [37]
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Gaelic games [38] [39] [40]
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Cricket [41]
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Sumo [42]
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Ice hockey [43]
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Basketball [44] [45]
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Rugby union [46] [47]
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Sepak takraw [48] [49]
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius Association football [50]
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia Archery, Mongolian wrestling, Horse racing [51] [52]
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Water polo [53]
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal Dandi Biyo [54]
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Rugby union [55] [56]
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Cross-country skiing (winter) [57] [58]
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Field hockey [59] [60]
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Rugby league [61] [62]
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru Paleta Frontón [63]
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Sipa, [64] Basketball [65] [66]
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Oina [67]
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Bandy [68]
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Golf [69]
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Basketball [70] [71] [72] [73]
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Alpine skiing, [74]
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan Gushtigiri [75]
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan Baseball [76]
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Oil wrestling [77] & Cirit [78]
Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands Cricket [79]
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Baseball [80] [81] [82]
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Baseball [83]
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Rugby union [84]

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