Top 10 Most Popular Sports In The World In 2017
6 Table Tennis
Approximate # of fans: 850 million
Hugely popular in China, and gaining acceptance in Europe, table tennis has been around for less than a century, but was adopted quickly in mainland Asia. Part of the attraction of the sport, much like soccer, is the ease of play and inexpensive equipment - makeshift nets can be set up on a plank of wood, with simple wooden panels, allowing games to be played nearly anywhere. International play has been dominated by the Chinese, particularly the women, as no non-Chinese woman or women's team has gotten a gold in any international competition since 1992.
Approximate # of fans: 900 million
A simple sport played the world over, all that is needed is a ball and a net. The surface is negotiable, ranging from grass, to sand, to cement. This simplicity of play and flexibility of what kind of playing surface is needed has made this game widely popular. Introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964, with beach volleyball variant introduced in 1996. While traditional volleyball has been evenly matched over the years, with numerous countries winning medals and no one country dominating, beach volleyball has been dominated by the Americans and Brazilians, with the two countries accounting for 20 of the 30 possible medals.