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the obvious questions that arise from a map like this are the following:
1) is this based on attendance at domestic events (or professional leagues etc)
2) is this based on tv viewership (tv ratings or shares during events)
3) is this based on participation ("professional" vs youth vs recreational)
4) is this based on some online popular poll (like those that espn has on their website)
from the map it looks like track and field isnt the "most popular" in any country, but i am sure there are a few countries that it is a close second (likely jamaica, kenya, ethiopia, bahamas) and a few that it might be in the top 5. i would also like to know in which countries it ranks the lowest in relative popularity.
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Is there any country in the world where track and field is the most popular sport?
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athleticshushmail wrote:Is there any country in the world where track and field is the most popular sport?
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lonewolf wrote:Basketball: I can understand it being king in KS, KY, NC, CT and maybe even CA, dating back to the Wooden days, but AZ? I knew there was a presence in Latvial and Lithuania but Phillipines?
Baseball: MO as two MLB teams but why NV? and kinda surprising it leads in NY and the cold weather New England States. Hard to distinguish between the two yellows but assume Japan is Baseball and Mongolia is Wrestling.
Skiing: Makes sense in Switzerland but Estonia?
Other surprises: Norway and Sweden Football(soccer) instead of Ice Hockey or Skiing. Why the little Cricket enclave in Guyana?
The most popular sport in the Philippines is Basketball.
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