Posters like one below are found everywhere in Chinese cities. But why do the Chinese people love basketball so much?
The popularity of NBA is believed to have surged in China after Yao Ming was selected as the first overall pick in 2002 NBA draft. It is estimated that his first NBA game attracted more than 200 million viewers in China. In 2008, the number of NBA fans in China was estimated to be around 450 million, and 300 million people were estimated to play basketball in China. 20% of all NBA.com traffic comes from China, and NBA was the 10th most popular search on Google in China.
So let’s learn how to say the most popular sports in China in Chinese language
Here are few other sports involving a球 (qiú):
橄榄球(gǎnlǎnqiú): American football
冰球(bīngqiú): ice hockey
乒乓球(pīngpāng qiú): ping pong/table tennis
Feel free to leave a comment and add your favorite sports to this list.