The most popular sports in Komi are cross-country skiing, futsal, basketball, swimming, wrestling.

Raisa Smetanina, Nikolay Bazhukov and Vasily Rochev Sr. from Syktyvkar should be noted among the athletes of the republic who have achieved the most outstanding success in sports as Olympic skiing champions. Skier Vasily Rochev Jr. became the world champion and prize winner of the 2006 Olympic Games. Marina Pylaeva (short track), Olympic champion in multiple powerlifting Viktor Furazhkin, European swimming champion Arkady Vyatchanin and other athletes are also well-known in the country and abroad.