1998 in sports

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1998 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
Years: 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

Alpine skiing[edit]

American football[edit]

Artistic gymnastics[edit]

Association football[edit]

For an extensive coverage see 1998 in association football


Australian rules football[edit]




Canadian football[edit]


  • Curling makes its Winter Olympics debut:
    • Men's Gold: Switzerland wins 9-3 over Canada
    • Women's Gold: Canada wins 7-5 over Denmark


Dogsled racing[edit]

Field hockey[edit]

  • Men's World Cup: Netherlands
  • Men's Commonwealth Games: Australia
  • Men's Champions Trophy: Netherlands
  • Women's World Cup: Australia
  • Women's Commonwealth Games: Australia

Figure skating[edit]

Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Harness racing[edit]

Horse racing[edit]


Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]


Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1998 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
March 13 UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou N/A United States New Orleans, Louisiana, US 4,600 N/A This event featured the first ever UFC lightweight tournament. As well as a middleweight championship bout. And a heavyweight and middleweight superfights.
March 15 Pride 2 N/A Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A Event featured six MMA bouts and two kickboxing bouts.
May 15 UFC 17: Redemption N/A United States Mobile, Alabama, US N/A N/A This event was the last UFC event aside from UFC 23, to feature the "tournament" style format.

This event featured a four-man middleweight tournament. As well as three heavyweight superfights.

June 24 Pride 3 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
October 11 Pride 4 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
October 16 UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil UFC 17.5 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil N/A N/A This event caused controversy due to the fact that the Brazilian flag was wrongly represented on the promotional material.

Motor racing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Main article: 1998 in rugby league

Rugby union[edit]




Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:


  • Men's World Championship: Italy
  • Women's World Championship: Cuba

Water polo[edit]

  • Men's World Championship: Spain
  • Women's World Championship: Italy


Multi-sport events[edit]