Top 10 Most Popular Olympic Sports

10. Rugby


At number 10 of the top 10 most popular Olympic sports, we have rugby. Although the 15-player version of the sport appeared at the Olympic Games between 1900 and 1924, Rio 2016 marks the debut of rugby sevens, a faster, shorter adaption. Bravery, skill, and speed will be in abundance in the men’s and women’s tournaments. 

09. Weightlifting


At number 9 of the top 10 most popular Olympic sports, we have lifting weights. Olympic weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic program in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. 

08. Tennis


At number 8 of the top 10 most popular Olympic sports, we have tennis. Tennis was first challenged as a Summer Olympic sport in the 1896 Olympic Games, which was held in Athens. In the inaugural Olympic Games, only two tournaments were played which were men’s singles and men’s doubles. 

07. Soccer


At number 7 of the top 10 most popular Olympic sports, we have soccer. It is also known as football in some leading countries. Soccer is one of the most popular sports worldwide and it is obvious that it is popular as an Olympic sport as well. Billions of people watch football and idolize football players.

06. Basketball


At number 6 of the top 10 most popular Olympic sports, we have basketball. Since 1936, this game has been an Olympic sport for men. Exactly 40 years late, in 1976…women’s basketball was included in the Olympics too. It is to date one of the most popularly watched sports in America as well as other first-world countries.

05. Volleyball


Competitive Volleyball is a part of the summer Olympics since the year 1964. And unlike other games, it was applicable for both men as well as women. In the beginning, volleyball became a part of an American sports demonstration event. 

04. Water Sports

 Water Sports

By saying water sports, we mean diving, rafting, and others. Swimming is not in this category because it is itself a huge category. Swimming is one of the top 10 most popular Olympic water sports but more on that later.

3. Track and field

Track and field

At number 3 of the top 10 most popular Olympic sports, we have track and field. This might not seem likely but it is. People actually like track and field games a lot and tend to get competitive. These are alternatively called Athletics and are a very common practice among watchers as well as contestants. The athletics program traces its earliest roots to events used in the ancient Greek Olympics. This is the most popular Olympic event.

02. Swimming


This game has Michael Phelps written all over it. He owns this sport and we know why. With over 19 gold medals in Olympic swimming, he is the most successful athlete in Olympic history. Not only swimming but he might also be one of the richest athletes alive. 

01. Gymnastics


At the number one spot in the top 10 most popular Olympic sports, we have Gymnastics. It is the best Olympic sport to watch. It is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, elasticity, stability, liveliness, durability, and control. The movements involved in gymnastics contribute to the development of the arms, legs, shoulders, chest, and abdominal muscles.