Elite sports in The Netherlands

Elite sport brings us together. We strongly support our elite athletes and teams, who inspire us to challenge ourselves. In elite-level sport, it is our ambition to rank among the top-ten of sport countries of the world. To that end, we must raise the bar and the standards for elite sport in the Netherlands from “good” and “better” to “best.”

At the Olympic Games, the Netherlands has always won medals in a limited number of sports. These eight sports in question account for 96% of all medals won since 1948. At the Paralympic Games, too, the Dutch are successful in a limited number of sports. The same can be said of sports not included in the Olympic or Paralympic Programme.