Sport of Mongolia
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Wrestling, horse racing and archery are the traditional sports in Mongolia. Historians claim that Mongol-style wrestling originated seven thousand years ago. Today, many sports such as basketball, volleyball, chess, draughts, table tennis, judo, freestyle wrestling, jujutsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate, aikido, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, ground fighting, Muay Thai, shooting sport, association football, cross-country skiing, bicycle racing, gymnastics, athletics, mountain climbing, weightlifting, powerlifting, and amateur and professional boxing have become popular. Mongolia first participated at the Olympics in 1964 and Mongolia's athletes won the first Olympic medals in 1968.
Mongolia national bandy team made its debut at the Bandy World Championship 2006. At the 2011 Asian Winter Games it took the silver medal. The previous best result in any sport was bronze. This achievement was awarded "Best Team" for 2011. After that the team did not compete for two seasons but came back for the Bandy World Championship 2014.
Olympic boxing is one of the most popular and successful sports in Mongolia. Mongolian boxers have won 6 Olympic medals since 1988.
Judo was first introduced in Mongolia in the 1960s. Today, 6,000 people (2013) participate in judo programs, and the national team consists of 26 judokas. Mongolian judokas have won 7 Olympic medals until 2012.
Mongolian sumo wrestler Dolgorsürengiin Dagvadorj won 25 top division tournament championships, placing him fourth on the all-time list . Also Mönkhbatyn Davaajargal won 28 top division tournament championships since 2006.
Freestyle wrestling has been practised since 1958 in Mongolia. Today 5,000 people (2013) participate in freestyle wrestling programs in Mongolia, and the national team consists of 26 athletes. Mongolian freestyle wrestlers have won the first and the most Olympic medals of Mongolia.