Other sports

As well as football, skiing and ice hockey the Swiss enjoy gymnastics, tennis, golf, riding and shooting.

 

Roger Federer holding up his Olympic medal
Roger Federer at the London Olympics in 2012 © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

Gymnastics

With 363,000 members, gymnastics is the sport with the highest number of registered club members in Switzerland. After downhill skiing, gymnastics is the discipline in which the Swiss have won the most Olympic medals (48 in all, of which 16 were gold). The International Gymnastics Federation has its headquarters in Lausanne.

Tennis

Around 500,000 people play tennis in their spare time and 160,000 are members of the Swiss Tennis Association – the third largest sports association in Switzerland. Every year, over 4,000 teams and 30,000 players compete in the national "Interclub" tournaments. Players like Roger Federer, Martina Hingis, Stanislas Wawrinka, Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky rank among the world's top-seeded players. The most important tennis tournaments held in Switzerland are the Gstaad Open and the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Golf

Some 90,700 players are members of the Swiss Golf Association and there are a total of 96 clubs across the country. The most important tournament is the Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana. The International Golf Federation has its headquarters in Lausanne.

Equestrian sports

The Swiss Equestrian Federation has around 60,000 members. To date, Swiss riders have won a total of 23 Olympic medals. Prestigious international tournaments in Switzerland include the CHI Geneva, CSI Zurich, CSI Basel and the CSIO Switzerland in St. Gallen. The International Equestrian Federation has its headquarters in Lausanne.

Shooting

The Swiss Shooting Association has around 133,500 members. The Swiss championships cover a total of 35 different disciplines (which vary according to weapon type and distance). Swiss athletes have won a total of 20 Olympic medals in this discipline to date.