Education, Culture and Sports in Lithuania
(edition 2021)



Photo by Dylan Nolte

Sportspeople are decreasing in number 

The year 2020 was exceptional in terms of the number of basketball players – their number, which has been on a decrease since 2014, started to increase in 2020. In 2020, compared to 2019, the number of basketball players increased by 131. The number of basketball coaches decreased by 18 (5 per cent). In addition to trampolining, triathlon, Greco-Roman wrestling, sports that were increasingly gaining in popularity were football, judo wrestling, box: compared to the previous year, the number of sportspeople doing the said sports increased by 1,527 (7.8 per cent), 353 (12.1 per cent) and 254 (13.3 per cent) respectively. In 2020, the number of Taekwondo athletes stood at 340, which is almost 3 times more than in 2019.


Sportspeople and coaches by sport, 2020

      Sportspeople doing Olympic sports           Olympic sports coaches            Sportspeople and coaches in non-Olympic sports

The latest and detailed data are available in the Database of Indicators


Participants in sports competitions and wellness events

In 2020, the number of participants in sports competitions and wellness events amounted to 438 thousand. A major drop was observed Panevėžys county where the number of the participants decreased by two thirds, while in the Central and Western Lithuania Region, a decrease of 38 per cent was recorded.


Number of participants in sports and wellness events

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The latest and detailed data are available in the Database of Indicators


Achievements (medals) in world and European championships

In 2020, Lithuania’s sportspeople won 6 medals in the adult category (by 4 medals more than in 2019), 4 medals – in the youth category (by 4 less than in 2019). In the junior category, 3 bronze medals were won in 2020, 3 gold and 1 bronze medals – in 2019.


Achievements of Lithuanian Olympic sports (Olympic competitions) sportspeople in European championships, 2020
Number of medals

Source: Lithuanian Sport Centre