New Zealand

Will New Zealand be able to mesmerise its Per Capita Cup competitors in the last part of the 2019 sporting year? Photo: Reuters/

New Zealand gains 5 places as race for sportiest nation title heats up

After the first 7 months of the year, the table in the Per Capita Cup, GSN’s ranking of the world’s sportiest nations (see below* for more details on how the ranking...

Best Sports

2020

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Track Cycling 43 51.8
2 Cricket 21 25.3
3 Snowboarding 8 9.6
4 Alpine Skiing 8 9.6
5 Freestyle Skiing 2 2.4
6 Speedskating 1 1.2 -5

2019

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Rugby Union 338 37.5
2 Cricket 112 12.4 4
3 Netball 80 8.9
4 Track Cycling 68 7.6 -1
5 Rowing 66 7.3 -1
6 Athletics 54 6.0
7 Canoe/Kayak Sprint 50 5.6 -5
8 Softball 30 3.3
9 Trampoline 26 2.9
10 Swimming 18 2.0

2018

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Rugby Union 216 40.3 1
2 Canoe/Kayak Sprint 84 15.7 2
3 Track Cycling 56 10.4 2
4 Rowing 46 8.6 -3
5 Sailing 39 7.3
6 Cricket 21 3.9
7 Orienteering 16 3.0
8 Freestyle Skiing 11 2.1 7
9 Snowboarding 10 1.9 -2
10 Speedskating 10 1.9 3

2017

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Rowing 272 28.4 8
2 Rugby Union 244 25.5 -1
3 Softball 80 8.4 10
4 Canoe/Kayak Sprint 68 7.1 6
5 Track Cycling 57 6.0 3
6 Cricket 32 3.3 -1
7 Snowboarding 29 3.0
8 Athletics 25 2.6 -1
9 Rugby League 25 2.6
10 Lacrosse 20 2.1

2016

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Rugby Union 161 15.6
2 Hockey 126 12.2
3 Sailing 112 10.8
4 Football 100 9.7
5 Cricket 99 9.6 -3
6 Golf 92 8.8 6
7 Athletics 70 6.8 2
8 Track Cycling 63 6.1 -2
9 Rowing 60 5.8 -6
10 Canoe/Kayak Sprint 40 3.9 -2

New Zealand Positions

2020

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 18
Gender:Men 15
Gender:Women 22
Continent:Oceania 2
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 6
Gender:Men 6
Gender:Women 7
Continent:Oceania 1

2019

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 24
Gender:Men 22
Gender:Women 26
Continent:Oceania 2
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 3
Gender:Men 2
Gender:Women 8
Continent:Oceania 1

2018

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 29
Gender:Men 28
Gender:Women 27
Continent:Oceania 2
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 6
Gender:Men 9
Gender:Women 5
Continent:Oceania 1

2017

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 20
Gender:Men 24
Gender:Women 17
Continent:Oceania 2
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 3
Gender:Men 4
Gender:Women 1
Continent:Oceania 1

2016

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 18
Gender:Men 26
Gender:Women 17
Continent:Oceana 2
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 1
Gender:Men 2
Gender:Women 1
Continent:Oceana 1
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