Sports in the Philippines
Sports in the Philippines is an important part of the country’s culture. There are five major sports in the Philippines: basketball, boxing, football, billiards and volleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating is a popular sport in the Philippines. Also such as weightlifting, athletics, aerobics and various martial arts are popular recreations.
The Philippines has participated in all editions of the Olympics except in 1980 when it joined the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. The country is also the first tropical nation to participate at the Winter Olympics, debuting at the 1972 edition and has participated in three other edition of the winter games.
The Philippines first sent athletes to compete at the Olympic Games in 1924, making it the first Country to compete and win a medal in Southeast Asia. Filipino athletes have also competed at the Winter Olympic Games on four different occasions since 1972.
Over the years, many Filipino athletes have competed in various world championship games in various sports. However, as in the Olympics, competing in any world championship would require hurdling tough qualifying tournaments to make it to the actual world championship games. Some eventually succeeded in the attempt.
Majority, however, would not be able to make it to the championship itself. This is the reason why only a handful of Filipinos have been acknowledged and recognized as legitimate world champions. However, the number is already immaterial if one considers the honor brought by these Filipinos to the country.
In the history of Philippine participation in various world championships, it is in billiards, bowling, professional boxing, amateur golf, martial arts, softball, shooting, and weightlifting where Filipinos have figured prominently and have been officially proclaimed as world champions. Professional boxing has produced the most number of Filipino world champions, such as the multi-millionaire Manny Pacquiao.