Sports venues are as varied as the African landscape. South
Africa is gearing up to host the World Cup Finals with the
construction of the largest stadium on the continent, The FNB
Stadium in Johannasburg, which will seat 94,000 fans, and
in terms of architectural creativity may well be the best on
One hundred such stadiums could not come
close to hosting all the footballers and spectators that gather
on the hundreds of thousands of dirt pitches around the
continent. One source, World
Stadiums, lists 586 stadiums in Africa. Many of these
stadiums have been constructed or funded by China. Their most
recent contributions have included stadiums in Cameroon, Ghana,
Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. Here is a site showing the all of the stadium sites for the World Cup in South Africa.
Makeshift pitches stacked out in open
fields and empty ares between houses are where most of the
football is played.
Kenyan and Ethiopian long distance runners
have toed the starting line on the best indoor and outdoor
athletic ovals in the world, yet virtually all of them spent
their early years scampering around durt and grass tracks with
mole holes and mounds. Some of the better ciruits look rather
rudimentary compared to secondary school facilities in the USA
and Europe. Yet they are the training grounds for the world's
best, such as Kamariny Statium in Iten, Kenya.
The continents boxers, like many in the
world begin their careers on the streets and then to backyard
training grounds such as Bukom Boxing Club in Ghana.
Then later, if they are fortunate they be
noticed and to attach themselves to even the most basic gyms
such as the Mike
Boxing Club in Nigeria.
Competive swimming is not a major sport in
most of Africa, yet there is the major exceptions of South
Africa and Zimbabwe who have produced world record holders in
individual swimming disciplines and relay teams. South Africa
has constructed high quality training facilities like the High
Performance Center in Pretoria.
Many African countries have a handful of
aspiring competive cyclists, but they have not yet reached
world standards with the exception of a select few from South
Africa. With their prowess in long distance running their is
every reason to believe that Africa will some day find itself
more prominent on the world cycling stage. The current
generation of African cyclists, such as Rwanda's first
professional team, are training on some of the most rugged and
challenging roads and paths in the world.
African Tennis players have faired very
well on the courts of the world. For the most part those who
excell are members of the priveledge class thus having access
to the tennis facilities. Some as posh as this one in
Others have come up through local and
international, sports development programs such as this Sport
for Life program in Freetown, Siera Leone.
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