Sports In The Middle East In Comparison To Sports In The West

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Sports in the Middle East In Comparison to Sports In the West

Steven Turner
MECS102A
Kenneth Stewart
March 6th, 2014

With regard to sports, not all parts of the world are created equally. Different parts, or regions of this planet follow different sports and participate in different sports for that matter as well. While in America, you can basically narrow it down to three popular sports, for the country as a whole. Football, baseball, and basketball, with ice hockey, soccer, and tennis probably fairly close behind, in terms of popularity. In the Middle East, sporting preferences differ greatly among the surrounding countries, with the exception of the top sport, soccer. Soccer, or football as it is called in the Middle East and every other place on Earth, is the overwhelming favorite participation and spectator sport.i

Lets first start with spectator sports and their popularity among the specific Middle Eastern countries as a spectator sport. Like I mentioned previously, you would think that there would be consensus among the countries, as their geography and demographics are fairly similar, again this is not the case at all it seems. Among the countries of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria the top three favorite sports are as follows;
1. Football (Soccer)
2. Basketball
3. Motorsportsii
Among the countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen the top three favorite sports are as follows;
1. Football (Soccer)
2. Swimming
3. Motorsportsiii
This is fascinating to me due to basketball and swimming being equals in popularity because in the United States swimming is really only popular during an Olympic year.


As far as participation of these spectator sports, once again there are some discrepancies among the Middle Eastern countries that you would not think existed, but in fact do. Once again among the countries of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon,Palestine, and Syria the top three favorite sports are as follows;
1. Football (Soccer)
2. Swimming
3. Basketballiv
In relation to the spectator popularity I do not find this list to out of whack, if you will. The reason for this is motorsports racing is a fairly expensive sport to participate in, so it only makes sense that its popularity to wain as far as participation goes. What is interesting is the fact that swimming makes this list. Swimming and football (soccer) seem to be the main consistencies in the numbers available to analyze. Among the countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate, and Yemen the top three favorite sports are as follows;
1. Football (Soccer)
2. Swimming
3. Volleyballv
Once again it seems that motorsports participation takes a hit, due to the expense involved and volleyball takes its place. For reference sake, the most popular spectator sports in America are as follows; football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey,...

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