With the Olympics having passed and the Paralympics in full throttle, the world's most athletic people are gaining the spotlight they deserve after years of incredible efforts in their training - and the delays that have come with the coronavirus pandemic.
Sportsperson against sportsperson, athletes compete for the gold, silver, and bronze medals - with each country tallying up their wins in hope of coming out on top with the most wins. But while the Olympics and Paralympics are a huge moment for nations - sport also plays an important role outside of the games: in the daily lives of people around the world, with the global sports market expected to be worth a whopping $599.9 billion by 2025.
But which are the sportiest nations around the world? To find out more, MyProtein investigated the sporting backgrounds of over 130 countries, comparing them across 10 different criteria, covering both professional performance and personal participation.
They looked at 134 countries around the world, collecting data across 10 different categories. Using a weighted ranking system, each country was then given a score for each of the 10 criteria, which were then combined to create the final score out of 100. Each of the 10 criteria made up 10% of the final score. If a country was missing data for a specific category, an international average was calculated and given to those countries with incomplete data.
Check out the top 10 above.