Determining the exact number of sports that exist worldwide is a bit tricky as it can depend on one's definition of a sport. It's estimated that there are over 8,000 traditional and modern sports currently being played around the globe. These range from popular games like soccer and basketball, to less mainstream sports like sepak takraw, a Southeast Asian sport played with a rattan ball. Not to forget, new sports continue to evolve and be recognized on an ongoing basis. So, while we can't pinpoint a precise figure, the diversity and sheer number of sports out there is truly astounding.