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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.

De jurenational sports

Country Sport Year defined as national sport
Argentina Pato 1953 [2]
Bahamas Cricket 1973
Bangladesh Kabaddi 1972 [3]
Brazil Association Football 1972
Canada Lacrosse (summer), Ice hockey (winter) 1994 [4]
Chile Chilean Rodeo 1962 [6]
Colombia Tejo 2000 [7]
Iran Varzesh-e Bastani, Wrestling, Polo 1976 [8]
Mexico Charrería 1933 [9]
Nepal Volleyball 2017 [2]
Philippines Arnis 2009 [2]
Puerto Rico Paso Fino ("autochthonous sport") 1966 [2]
Sri Lanka Volleyball 1991 [2]
Uruguay Destrezas Criollas (Creole [i.e. gaucho ] Skills [2]) 2006 [2]

De factonational sports

Country Sport
Afghanistan Buzkashi [2]
Anguilla Yacht racing [2]
Antigua and Barbuda Cricket [2]
Barbados Cricket [2]
Bermuda Cricket [21]
Bhutan Archery [22] [23]
Bulgaria Association football, Volleyball
Cuba Baseball [24] [25]
Denmark Association football, [26] Handball [27]
Dominican Republic Baseball [28]
England Cricket, Association football [29]
Estonia Basketball [3]
Finland Pesäpallo [3]
Georgia Rugby union [3]
Grenada Cricket [3]
Guyana Cricket [3] [3] or Water polo [3]
Haiti Association football [3]
Iceland Handball [3]
India Field hockey [38]
Indonesia Pencak Silat [39]
Israel Association football [40]
Ireland Gaelic games [41] [42] [43]
Jamaica Cricket [44]
Japan Sumo [45] Baseball
South Korea Taekwondo [46]
Latvia Basketball (summer), Ice hockey (winter), [47]
Lithuania Basketball [4] [4]
Madagascar Rugby union [4] [4]
Malaysia Sepak takraw [4] [4]
Mauritius Association football [4]
Mongolia Archery, Mongolian wrestling, Horse racing [4] [4]
New Zealand Rugby union [4]
Norway Cross-country skiing (winter) [6] [6]
Pakistan Field hockey [38]
Papua New Guinea Rugby league [6] [63]
Peru Paleta Frontón [6]
Philippines Sipa [6]
Romania Oină [6] Baseball
Russia Bandy [68]
Scotland Golf [6]
Slovenia Alpine skiing, [71] [71]
Tajikistan Gushtigiri [7]
Turkey Oil wrestling [7] & Cirit [7]
Turks and Caicos Islands Cricket [7]
United States Baseball [7] [7] [7]
Venezuela Baseball [7] [7]
Wales Rugby union [7]

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