A national sport or national game 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, baseball or basketball in all but a few countries, but are widely considered to be important to the country or significant for its culture.
|Country||Sport||Year defined as
|Canada||Lacrosse (summer), Ice hockey (winter)||1994|
|Iran||Varzesh-e Bastani, Wrestling, Polo||1976|
|Puerto Rico||Paso Fino ("autochthonous sport")||1966|
(Creole [i.e. gaucho] Skills)
|Antigua and Barbuda||Cricket|
|Bulgaria||Association football, Volleyball|
|Denmark||Association football, Handball|
|England||Cricket, Association football|
|Guyana||Cricket or Water polo|
|Latvia||Basketball (summer), Ice hockey (winter),|
|Mongolia||Archery, Mongolian wrestling, Horse racing|
|New Zealand||Rugby union|
|Norway||Cross-country skiing (winter)|
|Papua New Guinea||Rugby league|
|Turkey||Oil wrestling & Cirit|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Cricket|
Ha-du-du was given the name kabadi and the status of National Game in 1972.
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]
El año de 1933 fue muy importante, ya que el general Abelardo L. Rodríguez, emite un decreto presidencial, dando a la Charrería el título de único Deporte Nacional.
The government on Monday decided to recognize volleyball as the national sport of Nepal.
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.
displays of traditional gaucho skills (destrezas criollas)
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.
Cricket, a left-over from the British rule, is the national sport of Antigua and Barbuda.
The national sport of Barbados is cricket
Bermuda are one of the few sides who count cricket as a national sport.
National Game: The national sport of Bhutan is archery.
Baseball is so ingrained in Cuba that it has thrived as the "national sport" through forty years of a bitterly anti-American revolution.
Most Cubans, after all, consider baseball to be their national sport, a game entwined in history with their struggle for independence from Spain and the birth of their nation.
the game that […] is […] our national sport […] I am talking of baseball
Baseball is the Dominican Republic's national sport.
Basketball is the unofficial national sport
the national sport, "pesäpallo"
in the first Grenada Cricket Classics [, h]eroes such as Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Curtley Ambrose came together to promote what is considered by many to be the national sport in Grenada.
Cricket lovely Cricket! One cannot miss out on Guyana's national sport without participating in a game of cricket while in Guyana.
[E]ven though soccer football was and is considered the Hungarian national pastime
With a total of nine Olympic gold medals, ... some have begun to call water polo the national sport of Hungary.
Still, the parade [for the national team winning silver at the 2008 Summer Olympics] was even bigger than an Independence Day parade, so we do love handball more than we love freedom.
The popularity of Football in Israel is sky-high and is the most popular sport of the nation by a distance. Football in Israel is the unofficial national sport of the nation and developed as an organized sport in the country during the period when the British controlled the administration or was the days of the British Mandate.
Today's announcement ensures that the public will enjoy quality coverage of our national games across all of RTÉ's media platforms.
It's [the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final] a big deal in Ireland, where Gaelic games are the national sport, but the problem for the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is that no-one outside the country, save for committed expatriates, gives a fig.
The legacy of Britain also lives on in Jamaica in many ways […] the game of cricket is the national sport.
Lithuania is a country that loves basketball. It is our national sport and we are proud to be reigning European Champions.
Basketball is the only sport the 3.2 million Lithuanians truly care about—it's their second religion, after Catholicism—and their success is proportionately stunning.
Traditionally New Zealanders have excelled in rugby union, which is regarded as the national sport, and track and field athletics.
the national sport could become a fine weapon in time of war. In 1943, Norway's resistance movement won an epochal victory – on skis, of course
The scoreboard shows how the Norwegians placed, a performance considered much too poor in a country where cross-country skiing is a national sport.
But it would still be one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history if Papua New Guinea – the only country to have rugby league as its national sport – were to qualify for the last four.
Dar nici deciziile luate de autorităţile comuniste nu au salvat sportul naţional românesc de la uitare.
Baseball justified its privileged legal status by citing the special nature and cultural significance of America's national pastime.
Tradition – that quality so instrumental in elevating baseball to its century-old status as national pastime— has become less important
rugby used to be the undisputed national sport of Wales […] Rugby Union's assumed position as "the national game" has often been questioned on the basis that it is predominantly a game played and followed in South Wales.