Due to its diverse culture, Pakistan has been known to participate in many different variant of sports. Hockey is the national sport of Pakistan. Sports played in Pakistan are originated and were substantially developed from the United Kingdom who introduced in the British India. Pakistan won three Gold medallions in the Olympic Games held in1960, 1968, and 1984. It has also won the Hockey World Cup a record four times held in 1971, 1978, 1982, and in 1994. Cricket, however, is the most popular game across the country.
The cricket team has won the Cricket World Cup held in 1992; it had been runners-up once, in 1999, and co-hosted the tournament in 1987 and 1996. Pakistani cricketers are famous around the world. In athletics, Abdul Khaliq participated in 1954 Asian Games and the 1958 Asian Games. He won 34 international gold medals, 15 international silver medals and 12 bronze medals for Pakistan. In squash, world-class players such as, Jahangir Khan is considered to be the greatest player in the sport's history, and Jansher Khan won the World Open Squash Championship several times during their careers. Jahangir Khan also won the British Open a record ten times. Pakistan has competed many times at the Olympics in field hockey, boxing, athletics, swimming, and shooting. Pakistan's Olympic medal tally stands at 10 of which 8 were earned in hockey. The Commonwealth Games and Asian Games medal tallies stand at 65 and 160 respectively. At national level, polo is popular, with regular national events in different parts of the country. Boxing, billiards, snooker, rowing, kayaking, caving, tennis, contract bridge, golf and volleyball are also actively pursued, and Pakistan has produced regional and international champions in these sports. Basketball enjoys regional popularity especially in Lahore and Karachi.