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Soccer falls in popularity in Chile

More Chileans are now choosing running and biking over soccer.
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More Chileans would now choose running sneakers over a soccer ball for exercise.

According to study released by the think tank Ispos, Chileans are now more interested in running and biking than in soccer, reports the Santiago Times.

This is the first time soccer has not been the most popular sort in Chile.

Among Chileans who participate in sports, 33 percent run, while 21 percent play soccer.

“To play soccer you have to get a group of friends, making playing the sport more complex and less common,” Ipsos CEO Cristián Lehuede told La Tercera. “It’s all about possibility and simplicity.”

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