What Are the Main Sports Played in Russia?

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The main sports played in Russia are ice hockey, soccer, basketball and bandy. Additional largely popular sports to play in Russia include rugby, gymnastics and figure skating.

In addition to these, there are many other sports that are also popular in Russia. These include handball, volleyball, tennis, wrestling, martial arts and boxing. Olympic athletes are well-known for excelling in additional sports, such as track-and-field, weight-lifting and chess. Russia is known to be very successful and powerful in sports. Throughout the Soviet era, the USSR national team won the highest number of total medals at 14 of its 18 appearances in the Olympics.