2002 in sports

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2002 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Alpine skiing[edit]

American football[edit]

Association football[edit]


Australian rules football[edit]




Canadian football[edit]


  • March 23 – death of Ben Hollioake, Surrey and England player, in a car crash
  • June 1 – death of Hansie Cronje, South African player still involved in match-fixing controversy, in an air crash
  • New Zealand are forced to abandon their tour of Pakistan after a bomb explodes outside their hotel in Karachi
  • County Championship (England and Wales) – Surrey CCC

Cycle racing[edit]

Road bicycle racing


Dogsled racing[edit]

Field hockey[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Harness racing[edit]

Horse racing[edit]


Hurdle races

Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]


Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2002 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 11 UFC 35: Throwdown N/A United States Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 9,600 35,000 N/A
February 22 Pride The Best Vol. 1 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
February 24 Pride 19: Bad Blood N/A Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
March 22 UFC 36: Worlds Collide N/A United States Las Vegas, United States 10,000 55,000 This event featured the last UFC appearance's from Pat Miletich and Pete Williams.
April 28 Pride 20: Armed and Ready N/A Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
May 10 UFC 37: High Impact N/A United States Bossier City, Louisiana, United States 7,200 50,000 N/A
June 22 UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets N/A United States Las Vegas, United States 3,700 N/A This event featured the first appearance of longtime UFC announcer Joe Rogan.
June 23 Pride 21: Demolition N/A Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
July 13 UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 3,800 45,000 N/A
July 20 Pride The Best Vol. 2 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
August 28 Pride Shockwave Dynamite! Japan Tokyo, Japan 91,108 N/A Event featured a Royce Gracie vs. Hidehiko Yoshida Jujutsu match and two K-1 kickboxing matches. This event holds the highest attendance for a predominately MMA event.
September 27 UFC 39: The Warriors Return N/A United States Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 7,800 45,000 N/A
September 29 Pride 22: Beasts From The East 2 N/A Japan Nagoya, Japan N/A N/A N/A
November 22 UFC 40: Vendetta N/A United States Las Vegas, United States 13,265 150,000 This event was the first to gain mainstream converge for a MMA event in the USA. The event also was noted as an important fiscal milestone for Zuffa and the UFC.
November 24 Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
December 23 Pride 24: Cold Fury 3 N/A Japan Fukuoka, Japan N/A N/A N/A




Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Ski mountaineering[edit]




See also 2002 ATP Tour, 2002 WTA Tour


Water polo[edit]

Winter Olympics[edit]

Multi-sport events[edit]