Although football is the most popular sport in South America, and the world, there are other disciplines that fight the passion of people in some of the countries of the region.
On the occasion of the Copa America, which begins this Friday in Brazil, EL TIEMPO tells you about those other sports that want to be the favorites of the public on the continent and of one of the two nations invited to the 2019 edition of the tournament.
Perhaps it is one of the most footballing countries on the planet, but it has other disciplines that are also very important.
One of them is the pato, which since 1953 was recognized as the Argentine national sport. In addition, in 2017 a law gave it that status.
It is played on horseback and faces two teams of four members each. The idea is to score points by putting a leather ball with six handles inside a ring.
The news agency Télam says that other popular sports in Argentina are: motorsports, rugby, tennis, field hockey, among others.
Another country with more passion for football. However, in Brazilian soil capoeira is the national sport, as well as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a declaration made by Unesco in 2014.
Technically, it is a martial art that was developed by descendants of Africans. It combines dance, music, acrobatics and corporal expression.
Volleyball, motorsport and basketball are other sports that are practiced a lot.
By law, Chilean hopscotch and rodeo are the national sports of Chile. The first is very similar to the Colombian yew and the second is that two riders must catch a steer, something similar to coleus.
Tennis is also a very practiced discipline.
The yew or turmequé is the Colombian national sport. It consists in throwing a disk or yew from a certain distance towards a box with clay. The idea is to stay as close as possible to some fuses, or to make them explode.
Cycling, boxing and skating are also popular in the country.
The martial arts send the stop in Japan, being the sumo wrestling the national sport. Also very popular are karate, judo and kendo, which is like fencing, but with bamboo sabers.
Baseball is another very famous discipline.
Although it is not a national sport, the fronton palette is a very popular sport in Peru. It’s very similar to squash.
The Uruguayan national sport is the gauche rider and is very simple: it consists of a rider having to hold on a colt between 6 and 15 seconds.
Baseball is the most popular sport for Venezuelans, who also practice basketball a lot.