Did you know that football (soccer) is the most popular sport in the world? Although it is a widely-enjoyed sport across the globe, there are many countries that are famous for other sports, which are even more popular or symbolic to them. Here is a small list that combines some top destinations and their unique sports.
India - Cricket:
To give you an idea, a match against Pakistan has the record for the most-viewed TV program in the world, also holding the record for the number of tickets sold for a sporting event. Cricket is very symbolic and has been practiced from an early age.
Italy - Calcio Storico:
Often defined as the most violent sport in the world, Calcio Storico is a mix of football, boxing, MMA, and rugby. It is played on a sand court and was invented and practiced by the Romans in Florence in order to stay "fit" during times of peace. This sport can only be played if you were born in Florence itself and your team remains the same all your life.
Australia - Australian Football:
A unique sport in the country and just as popular as rugby (depending on the region). Its Melbourne stadium accommodates 100,000 people! If you are there, don't miss a game! Famous singers and groups are sometimes invited there to perform a bonus concert.
Indonesia / Bali - Makepung Lampit:
This is a buffalo competition that takes place every two weeks during the rainy season. Before the race became popular in the 1930s, it took place on wet fields to facilitate work on the farmland.
Japan - Sumo Combat:
Even if baseball and football are now more popular in Japan, Sumo combat is in 3rd position (much more original and the national sport). The average weight of a Sumo is 353 lbs and has been around for 1,500 years! The Sumos are also forced to wear traditional clothes and live in stables.
Portugal - Surfing:
Surfing in Nazaré is the flagship destination for its incredible waves, and you can go here to watch the world's greatest surfers. The Atlantic coast of the country is bordered by small villages and beaches frequented by surfers: it is well worth a little road trip!
Scotland - Highland Games:
Emblematic games of the country take place in spring/summer with sometimes more than 200,000 spectators, including the presence of the royal family. There is a shot put, tug of war, tree trunk throw, or even hammer throw. In addition to entertaining and unique sports, many traditions take place there.
New Zealand - Rugby:
Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand. During your trip to this country, don't hesitate to watch a match live, whether it is in a bar or in a stadium!
Qatar - Camel Racing:
The historical roots of the sport date back to the beginning of the Islamic period, more than 1,000 years ago. The sport is also popular in Africa, Australia, and Asia. These dromedaries can run up to 40 miles per hour! Nowadays, camels are controlled by remote-controlled robotic whips.
Colombia - Salsa:
Head to South America to discover the salsa capital, Colombia. Located all around the country are salsa bars and clubs, as well as salsa competitions. Colombia will allow you to experience a unique atmosphere with dancing music around every corner.
Thailand - Muay Thai or Thai Boxing:
Martial arts is the national sport of Thailand, which has existed for a hundred years. The sport is becoming more and more popular, even abroad, and it is often used in action films. In Thailand, you can easily play the sport with camps suitable for tourists, or just be a spectator at one of the many matches.
Brazil - Volleyball:
After football, it is the second sport in terms of popularity in the country. The Brazil team is also ranked number 1 in the world.