Popular Sports in Asia
Asia is home to numerous countries that have produced many sportsmen and women over the past decades. The subcontinent in particular is famous for producing and exporting footballs for international tournaments like FIFA WORLD CUP, UEFA Champions League Football Leagues in Europe and South America. Countries such as China are known for being the origin of Sumo wrestling which trickled down to the subcontinent and came to be known as ‘kabadi’. All this indicates one thing – the contribution to and importance of Asia to the world of sports is evident.
Some of the most popular sports in Asia are
We all know cricket, don’t we? People living in the subcontinent are major cricket enthusiasts and lovers. Anyone touring through Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh will see kids and adults, of all ages, talking about the sport or participating in local cricket matches at intercity or at interschool levels. Need I say more?!
The popularity of football has been on the rise in Asian countries. Schools, students and football fans have formed clubs and local tournaments, and Asia Cup has always been a showcase of the footballing talent in the continent. Recently social media platforms and other online avenues have been used by enthusiasts to sell and purchase international and European club kits. Many schools and universities coach their students to compete at local and international tournaments, too. Footballing Heroes like David Beckham, Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and others have also developed huge following in Asia over the years.
Until as recently as 2005, Rugby was not that common in Asia. This may be down to the lack of interest in people as well as non-availability of opportunities in this particular sport. In 2015 things have changed. The number of people interested in the sport increases on a daily basis. Many channel their emotions and excitement into the sport because it gives them a sense of empowerment, strength and discipline. The sport has become so popular that tournaments are arranged in the subcontinent especially between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
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