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"Association football (also known as soccer) is the most popular sport in almost all "African countries, and in 2010 "South Africa became the first African nation to host the "FIFA World Cup.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Some African nations, like "Kenya and "Ethiopia, are very dominant at long distance running, whilst north African countries such "Algeria, "Egypt and "Tunisia are dominant in "handball, and countries such as Zimbabwe. Rugby and golf are reasonably popular in a few "African countries, though rugby is very popular in South Africa.[7] African lack of success in international sports is due to lack of infrastructure.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]


Team sports[edit]


"Basketball is also popular throughout the continent, with notable results in Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Angola.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]


"Cricket is a popular summer sport in the United Kingdom and has been exported to other parts of the former "British Empire.[24][25][26][27][28][29] "Cricket has its origins in south east Britain. It is popular throughout England and Wales, and parts of the Netherlands, and in other world areas, especially in southern "Africa, "Australia, "New Zealand and the "Indian subcontinent. It is played to "test cricket level in South Africa and Zimbabwe, with notable results in Kenya and Namibia.


"Association football (also known as soccer) is the most popular sport in almost all African countries. African club teams compete in the "CAF Champions League and "CAF Confederation Cup. African national teams compete in the "Africa Cup of Nations and also in the "African Nations Championship for local teams.

Ice hockey[edit]

Ice hockey is a minority sport in Africa, in which only a handful of African countries participate.[30][31][32][33][34]

Rugby union[edit]

"Rugby union is popular in "South Africa and other countries as "Morocco, "Namibia, "Zimbabwe and "Ivory Coast.[35][36][37] The major competition in the continent is the "Africa Cup that contains the teams in the first level of African rugby, and "African Development Trophy contains the teams in the second level. Only the South Africa rugby team compete in the intercontinental tournament, "The Rugby Championship.

Other sports[edit]

"Handball and "volleyball are popular especially in North Africa, Other team sports like "water polo, "roller hockey, and "field hockey, are also popular in some Eastern and South African countries.

Individual sports[edit]

"Individual sports are also very important. Africa has a major multisports competition called "All-Africa Games that started in "1965 held in "Brazzaville, "Republic of the Congo.


"Athletics is one of the major single competitions in Africa. The discipline has been part of the "African Games since 1965. The "African Athletics Championships has been held biannually since 1979. The "African Cross Country Championships was first held in 1985 and later since 2011. The "African Mountain Running Championships has been held since 2009.

In addition, several editions of the "IAAF World Cross Country Championships have been held in Africa. The "Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme de Rabat has been held at Morocco since 2008 as part of the "IAAF World Challenge and the "IAAF Diamond League. Previously, the "Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar was part of the "IAAF Grand Prix and IAAF World Challenge. The "Cape Town Marathon became a "IAAF Silver Label event in 2014 and a "IAAF Gold Label event in 2017.

"Kenya and "Ethiopia have been dominant in "athletics at the Summer Olympics since the 1960s, especially in mid-distance and long-distance running.


The "UCI Africa Tour road cycling competition has been held since 2005.

The "Dimension Data, formerly MTN–Qhubeka, was the first African team to enter the Grand Tours in 2015. Notable team members include "Jacques Janse van Rensburg and "Youcef Reguigui.

Kenya and Rwanda are rising forces in world cycling.[38][39][40][41][42][43][44]


Golf is a minority sport in Africa.[45] The "Sunshine Tour is based in South Africa but also visits other neighbour countries. Several tournaments have been co-sanctioned by the "European Tour, such as the "South African Open, "South African PGA Championship, "Alfred Dunhill Championship, "Nedbank Golf Challenge, "Africa Open, "Joburg Open, "Tshwane Open,

Notable African golfers include "Bobby Locke, winner of "The British Open four times in 1949, 1950, 1952 and 1957; "Gary Player, winner of the "British Open in 1959, 1968 and 1974, "The Masters in 1961, 1974 and 1978, the "PGA Championship in 1962 and 1972 and the "U.S Open in 1965; "Ernie Els, winner of the "1994, "1997 U.S. Open and "2002 British Open; "Nick Price, winner of the 1992 and 1994 "PGA Championship and 1994 British Open; "Retief Goosen; "Trevor Immelman; "Louis Oosthuizen and "Charl Schwartzel.


"Tennis is minority sport in Africa.[46][47][48][49][50]

Combat sports[edit]

There are also major "martial arts and "combat sport competitions in the continent.


Africa has produced many world champions, with "Azumah Nelson the most well known.[51][52][53][54][55][56][57][58]


Africa has yet to produce a winner in world judo.[59] "African Judo Championships is the most important judo event in Africa.


Karate was first introduced in Africa in the 1960s.[60][61][62] The "Union of African Karate Federation is charge of karate in Africa.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

South Africa hosts Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide (formerly known as EFC Africa).[63] It is the number one "mixed martial arts organisation in the African continent.[64]

EFC Africa 01 took place at The "Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg on 12 November 2009 and is now viewed in 110 "countries, including "USA, "Canada, "The Caribbean and all over "Europe. EFC Africa 19, which was held at Carnival City in Johannesburg on 19 April 2013, topped other African sports ratings with a record of over 1.8 million views with 31.3% of the total South African TV audience ("SABC, "e.tv and "DStv combined). These are the biggest ratings in EFC history, topping EFC Africa 12's record of 1.6 million views and 25.9% audience share.[65]


Taekwondo is growing as more people compete in the Olympics.[66][67][68][69] Africa is emerging as a powerhouse in Taekwondo.[70][71] Taekwondo is run by the "African Taekwondo Union.

Winter Olympics[edit]

Many people of the Africa diaspora represent African nations at the "Winter Olympics.[72]


South Africa has hosted the "1995 Rugby World Cup, "2003 Cricket World Cup and "2010 FIFA World Cup.[73][74] Africa has hosted six editions of the "Pan Arab Games and five editions of the "Mediterranean Games. Durban, South Africa was announced as host of the "2022 Commonwealth Games in 2015, but they were denied as hosts in 2017.

Notable continental tournaments are the "African Games, "Africa Cup of Nations, "CAF Champions League, "African Championships in Athletics, "African Rally Championship and "Sunshine Tour.

See also[edit]



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