We asked some of our friends and family about what sports are popular where they live. This is what they said.
Here in France, football is probably the most popular sport. The men's team has done well in World Cups in recent years, and women's football has really grown in popularity since France hosted the women's World Cup in 2019. Another really popular sport is cycling. The Tour de France is a famous race that passes through the country, and millions of people watch it on TV.
Football is the most popular sport in the UK, but rugby is also very popular. Every winter, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy play against each other in a competition called The Six Nations. Cricket is a very popular summer sport. It's played worldwide, but was first played in England. Cricket matches last a long time. Shorter matches are three hours long, but others can last up to five days!
Football is massive here! I'd say football is the big one. People also love basketball, padel – a Mexican racket sport – and cycling. On weekends, you always see lots of people on bikes and wearing cycling gear in the national parks and mountains. In Catalonia, an early morning bike ride is the perfect excuse to stop for a big late breakfast!
Jo, Catalonia, Spain
I'd say American football, basketball and baseball are the most popular sports in the US, though there are many others such as ice hockey, soccer, softball, boxing and lacrosse, to name just a few. Sports are a really important part of life at school and even university. Most professional athletes played their sports in a competitive university league before going pro.
Popular sports in Hong Kong are running, swimming, badminton, basketball, football and table tennis. Some people do martial arts like wing chun and taekwondo. I'm not sure whether hiking, yoga and the gym count as sports since they're not competitive, but they're very popular ways to keep fit too.
Jonathan, Hong Kong
Over to you
- Do you do or watch any of these sports?
- What sports are popular in your country?
- What sports do you enjoy doing or watching?
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