The year of 2016 was a particularly good one where the world of sports is concerned. With many different global sporting events throughout the year, there was plenty of inspiration for people to watch on their television, and even live at the different destinations. Some of the biggest events, as well as the typical football, formula one and rugby seasons, were watched all over the world as different countries and individuals with different nationalities battled it out for number one spot.
Some of the most notable major sporting events of the year included the 6 Nations Rugby, the 2016 European Football Championships, Wimbledon and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Rio De Janeiro. The 6 Nations Rugby tournament, which saw England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy come head to head, was a fantastic tournament, of which England ended in 1st place, with 5 wins out of 5. Next up was the 2016 European Championships, which after a disappointing early exit for England at the hands of Iceland, was won by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. Despite not reaching the final, Wales endured an exceptional tournament, beating everybody’s expectations by reaching the semi finals, with special thanks going to their superstar, Gareth Bale. The English tennis tournament, Wimbledon, needs no introduction as it lifted the spirits of people across Britain, with main man Andy Murray lifting the trophy for the 2nd time in his career. There was also huge success over in Brazil for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where Great Britain finished 2nd in both tables.
Top 10 Sports in 2016
A fantastic and full schedule of sport in 2016 meant that millions of people across the globe were interested in sport, taking the time out of their lives to be a part of it. Sport has become a large section of many people’s lives, and the table below shows the estimated number of fans based on internet activity and the extent to which people enjoyed sport in 2016:
- Football/Association Football = 3.5 billion
- Cricket = 2.5 billion
- Field Hockey = 2 billion
- Tennis = 1 billion
- Volleyball = 900 million
- Table Tennis = 850 million
- Baseball = 500 million
- Golf = 450 million
- Basketball = 400 million
- American Football = 400 million
It is safe to say that 2016 was a big year for sport, with many global sporting events contributing to the interest shown by millions of people. As sport continues to grow, and the media becomes more and more involved with it, interest in sport and participation levels across the world can only continue to grow. The year of 2016 will always be remembered as one of the best in modern day sport, and it will certainly be hard to beat.