Sport in Panama

Sports in Panama have contributed much in shaping its culture. Though most of their sports are influenced by the U.S. they have successfully made their mark to be a globally competitive country.

Baseball is Panama’s national sport, influenced by the USA. Their national team, called Panama National Baseball team, are a highly ranked baseball team in the world. Bruce Kastulo Chen is one of the notable baseball players of Panama.

Panamanians are not as passionate about football (soccer) as are many other Central American countries, though this may change with their national team qualifying for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history in 2018, after 10 failed qualification campaigns.

Basketball is also gaining popularity among the citizens. They have regional teams that compete internationally. The most prominent basketball player they have had was Rolando Blackman who was a four-time NBA-All Star.

Another pride for Panama is boxing and they currently have two reigning world boxing champions namely, Guillermo Jones and Anselmo Moreno while Eusebio Pedroza, Roberto Duran, Ismael Laguna and Panama Al Brown are members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The Gulf Coast Triathlon is also a great sports event in Panama that started around 1982 and has been held annually since then. This event features a swim in the gulf of Mexico, a bike in Bay County, and a run through Panama City Beach.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Panama. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please make a comment below.

Popular sports of Panama

Panama Sporting Success

Athletes from Panama

Panama Sports trivia

Panama at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Panama

Upcoming sporting events in Panama

Annual sporting events held in Panama

Sporting Facilities in Panama

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