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The following is a list of sports/games, divided by category. There are many more "sports to be added. This system has a disadvantage because some sports may fit in more than one category.

According to the World Sports Encyclopedia (2003), there are 8,000 indigenous sports and sporting games.[1]

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Physical sports[edit]

Air sports[edit]

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Lima Lima aerobatics team performing over "Louisville.
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Wingsuit flying

Archery[edit]

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Members of the Gotemba Kyūdō Association demonstrate Kyūdō.

Ball-over-net games[edit]

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An international match of "volleyball.

Basketball family[edit]

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Basketball player "Dwight Howard making a "slam dunk at the "2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Bat-and-ball (safe haven)[edit]

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Awaiting a pitch: batter, catcher, and umpire in "baseball

Baton twirling[edit]

Acro sports[edit]

Performance sports[edit]

Board sports[edit]

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"Skateboard vert jump at the Sprite urban games 2006 in "London.
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"Snowboard figure at the 2008 Shakedown
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Surfing in "Hawaii

Sports that are played with some sort of board as the primary equipment.

Catch games[edit]

Climbing[edit]

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Cycling[edit]

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A "track cycling Race

Sports using "bicycles or "unicycles.

Bicycle[edit]

Skibob[edit]

Unicycle[edit]

Combat sports: wrestling and martial arts[edit]

A combat sport is a competitive "contact sport where two combatants fight against each other using certain rules of engagement.

Grappling[edit]

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Two men compete in "freestyle wrestling.

Striking[edit]

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A kick in "kickboxing.

Mixed or hybrid[edit]

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Ground fighting in "MMA.

Weapons[edit]

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"Axe throwing at the Ming Culture Village, a theme park near the "Yangshan Quarry, China
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Two kendōka.
Skirmish[edit]

Cue sports[edit]

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"Pool balls
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Snooker.

Equine sports[edit]

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Horse racing at "Arlington Park, 2007

Sports using a horse.

Fishing[edit]

Flying disc sports[edit]

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Australia vs Canada "ultimate players WUGC 2012 in Japan. "Ultimate Canada

Football[edit]

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"Football player "Lionel Messi shoots from just outside the "Manchester United "penalty area during the "2009 UEFA Champions League Final
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"Tyrone try for a goal against "Westmeath in a "Gaelic football match

Golf[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

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"Trampoline gymnast "Jason Burnett at 2008 Canadian National Championships

Handball family[edit]

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A 7-meter throw in "team handball.

Hunting[edit]

Sometimes considered "blood sports.

Ice sports[edit]

Kite sports[edit]

Mixed discipline[edit]

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The three components of triathlon: swimming, cycling, running

Decathlon, heptathlon, and the pentathlons consist of ten, seven, and five component contests that are scored together using one points system.

Orienteering family[edit]

Pilota family[edit]

Racquet (or racket) sports[edit]

Sports where a player uses a "racquet (or racket) to hit a ball or other objects. Racket sports are "games in which players use "rackets to hit a "ball or other object.

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"Carolina Marín, a "badminton player
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"David Palmer and "Tom Richards, two "squash players
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"Justine Henin, a "tennis player

Remote control[edit]

Rodeo-originated[edit]

Sports that have originated from rodeos in the old Western Americas.

Running[edit]

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200 meters "sprint

Sailing[edit]

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Windsurfing

Snow sports[edit]

Skiing[edit]

Sled sports[edit]

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"United States Air Force Major "Brady Canfield, 2003 U.S. "skeleton champion, shows his takeoff form.

Shooting sports[edit]

Sports using a "firearm.

Stacking[edit]

Stick and ball games[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Hurling and shinty[edit]

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"Cillian Buckley in action for "Kilkenny against "Galway in a "hurling "league game

Lacrosse[edit]

Polo[edit]

Street sports[edit]

Tag games[edit]

Walking[edit]

Wall-and-ball[edit]

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A game of "squash

Games involving opponents hitting a ball against a wall/walls using a racket, or other piece of equipment, or merely gloved/barehanded.

Aquatic & paddle sports[edit]

These sports use water (a river, pool, etc.).

Canoeing[edit]

Kayaking[edit]

Rafting[edit]

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Rafting

Rowing[edit]

Other paddling sports[edit]

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"Greece – "Hungary water polo match (World Junior Championship 2004 "Naples, "Italy)

Aquatic ball sports[edit]

Surface[edit]
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"Michael Phelps swimming "breaststroke at the 2008 Missouri Grand Prix.
Underwater[edit]

Competitive swimming[edit]

Kindred activities[edit]

Subsurface and recreational[edit]

Diving[edit]

Weightlifting[edit]

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"North Korean weightlifter "Pak Hyon-Suk performing the "snatch, one of the two lifts in the sport of "Olympic weightlifting.

Motorized sports[edit]

Auto racing[edit]

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The start of a Formula One race in 2008

Motorboat racing[edit]

Motorcycle racing[edit]

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MotoGP racing

ATV racing[edit]

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ATV racing on a motocross track

Marker sports[edit]

Musical sports[edit]

Fantasy sports[edit]

Sports seen in Movies/Books/Video Games/ETC.

Other[edit]

Overlapping sports[edit]

Sports falling into two or more categories.

Mind sports[edit]

Requiring little or no physical exertion or agility, mind sports are often not considered true sports. Some mind sports are recognised by sporting federations. The following list is intended to represent anything that is likely to be referred to as a mind sport, not to argue their validity as sports.

Card games[edit]

Other[edit]

Speedcubing[edit]

Strategy board games[edit]

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A game of mahjong being played in "Hangzhou, China

Competitive model sports[edit]

Different classification[edit]

Potentially other sports are listed here.

Air sports[edit]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

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Pole vault

Electronic sports[edit]

Sports played using electronic devices.

Endurance sports[edit]

Goal sports[edit]

Sports in which the method of scoring is through goals.

Skating sports[edit]

Snowsports[edit]

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A snowboarder and a "skier
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A ski jumper using the "V-style
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Freestyle skiing

See #Skiing

Strength sports[edit]

Sports mainly based on sheer power.

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Arm wrestling

Table sports[edit]

Target sports[edit]

Sports where the main objective is to hit a certain target.

Team sports[edit]

Sports that involve teams.

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Match of lacrosse
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Jack and Jill competition, "Lumberjack World Championships, "Hayward, Wisconsin, 2007.

Windsports[edit]

Sports which use the wind (apart from sailing):

Fictional sports[edit]

Miscellaneous sports[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ How many sports are there in the world? (Archived July 23, 2010, at the "Wayback Machine.). See "ISBN "9780760316825.
  2. ^ "The Athletes who Bridge Art and Sport". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Musicians as Athletes". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Drum Corps and Marching Band. It is a Sport". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
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