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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]

Contents

Physical sportsEdit

Air sportsEdit

 
Lima Lima aerobatics team performing over Louisville.
 
Wingsuit flying

ArcheryEdit

 
Members of the Gotemba Kyūdō Association demonstrate Kyūdō.

Ball-over-net gamesEdit

 
An international match of volleyball.

Basketball familyEdit

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

Bat-and-ball (safe haven)Edit

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

Baton twirlingEdit

Acro sportsEdit

Performance sportsEdit

Board sportsEdit

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

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

Catch gamesEdit

ClimbingEdit

CyclingEdit

Sports using bicycles or unicycles.

BicycleEdit

SkibobEdit

UnicycleEdit

Combat sports: wrestling and martial artsEdit

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

GrapplingEdit

 
Two men compete in freestyle wrestling.

StrikingEdit

 
A kick in kickboxing.

Mixed or hybridEdit

 
Ground fighting in MMA.

WeaponsEdit

 
Axe throwing at the Ming Culture Village, a theme park near the Yangshan Quarry, China
 
Two kendōka.
SkirmishEdit

Cue sportsEdit

 
Pool balls
 
Snooker.

Equine sportsEdit

 
Horse racing at Arlington Park, 2007

Sports using a horse.

FishingEdit

Flying disc sportsEdit

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

FootballEdit

 
Tyrone try for a goal against Westmeath in a Gaelic football match

GolfEdit

GymnasticsEdit

 
Trampoline gymnast Jason Burnett at 2008 Canadian National Championships

Handball familyEdit

 
A 7-meter throw in team handball.

HuntingEdit

Sometimes considered blood sports.

Ice sportsEdit

Kite sportsEdit

Mixed disciplineEdit

 
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 familyEdit

Pilota familyEdit

Racquet (or racket) sportsEdit

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.

Remote controlEdit

Rodeo-originatedEdit

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

RunningEdit

 
200 meters sprint

SailingEdit

 
Windsurfing

Snow sportsEdit

SkiingEdit

Sled sportsEdit

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

Shooting sportsEdit

Sports using a firearm.

StackingEdit

Stick and ball gamesEdit

HockeyEdit

Hurling and shintyEdit

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

LacrosseEdit

PoloEdit

Street sportsEdit

Tag gamesEdit

WalkingEdit

Wall-and-ballEdit

 
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 sportsEdit

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

CanoeingEdit

KayakingEdit

RaftingEdit

 
Rafting

RowingEdit

Other paddling sportsEdit

 
GreeceHungary water polo match (World Junior Championship 2004 Naples, Italy)

Aquatic ball sportsEdit

SurfaceEdit
 
Michael Phelps swimming breaststroke at the 2008 Missouri Grand Prix.
UnderwaterEdit

Competitive swimmingEdit

Kindred activitiesEdit

Subsurface and recreationalEdit

DivingEdit

WeightliftingEdit

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

Motorized sportsEdit

Auto racingEdit

 
The start of a Formula One race in 2008

Motorboat racingEdit

Motorcycle racingEdit

 
MotoGP racing

ATV racingEdit

 
ATV racing on a motocross track

Marker sportsEdit

Musical sportsEdit

Fantasy sportsEdit

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

OtherEdit

Overlapping sportsEdit

Sports falling into two or more categories.

Mind sportsEdit

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 gamesEdit

OtherEdit

SpeedcubingEdit

Strategy board gamesEdit

 
A game of mahjong being played in Hangzhou, China

Competitive model sportsEdit

Different classificationEdit

Potentially other sports are listed here.

Air sportsEdit

Athletics (track and field)Edit

 
Pole vault

Electronic sportsEdit

Sports played using electronic devices.

Endurance sportsEdit

Goal sportsEdit

Sports in which the method of scoring is through goals.

Skating sportsEdit

SnowsportsEdit

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

See #Skiing

Strength sportsEdit

Sports mainly based on sheer power.

 
Arm wrestling

Table sportsEdit

Target sportsEdit

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

Team sportsEdit

Sports that involve teams.

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

WindsportsEdit

Sports which use the wind (apart from sailing):

Fictional sportsEdit

Miscellaneous sportsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.