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Sport in Slovakia

After the splitting of then Czechoslovakia, Slovakia officially became a state in 1992. Slovakia is a Central European country that has relatively diverse choices when it comes to sports.

Sport is quite an important part of the Slovak culture and many world-class athletes come from this part of the world including skier Veronika Velez-Zuzulová, cyclist Peter Sagan as well as Martin and brother Peter Velits.

Unlike most European countries that have a love affair with football, the Slavs' prefer a sport that goes well with the general climate of the country. Their number one sport is ice hockey. After being a state, Slovakia became an International Ice Hockey Federation member in 1993 and has been winning various medals in the sport. Their national ice hockey team is also considered as one of the powerhouse teams regularly winning international championships and even in the Olympics.

They have also hosted various international ice hockey competitions such the 2011 IIHF World Championship held in Bratislava and Košice. Some of the best known Slovak ice hockey players include names like Stan Mikita, Martin Cibák, and Miroslav Šatan. Football is still quite popular in Slovakia as well as a number of summer sports such as cycling, hiking, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Slovakia.

Popular sports of Slovakia

Slovakia's Sporting Success

Great athletes from Slovakia

Slovakia Sports trivia

Slovakia at major events

Past sporting events events hosted in Slovakia

Upcoming sporting events in Slovakia

Annual sporting events held in Slovakia

Sporting Facilities in Slovakia


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