Sport in The Bahamas
Known as one of the premier vacation spots in the world, The Bahamas is a beacon for many sports. If you are an avid sportsman, you can definitely find your poison here. You can play basketball (the most popular sport in the country), cricket, bowling, football, gymnastics; golfing, racing, rugby, softball, soccer, squash, track & field, tennis, volleyball and even water sports are pretty much anywhere.
You can easily find a place to have a friendly match whether with a friend you came in or maybe even some of the locals. With more than 700 islands, you can certainly have a great place to get your heart going in The Bahamas.
The Bahamian culture has a special place for sports. Their traditional sport is sloop sailing. It is in sailing that The Bahamas first won Olympic gold in 1964 when Durward Knowles and Cecil Cooke took the top spot in the sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat event in Tokyo, Japan.
Basketball has become quite popular and the country has produced some great international talents like Dexter Cambridge, Ian Lockhart and Rick Fox, who have all played in the American National Basketball Assosciation (NBA). Associated football, soccer as it is known for the most part of the country, is also growing in popularity.
The second most popular sport in The Bahamas though is athletics (track & field) mainly due to their international success in the IAAF World Championships, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and of course the Olympic Games where Frank Rutherford took the bronze in 1992 and brought home the country's first ever track Olympic medal.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to The Bahamas. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.
Popular sports of The Bahamas
- basketball, cricket, bowling, Football (Soccer), sailing, gymnastics, golfing, racing, rugby, softball, soccer, squash, track & field, tennis, volleyball
Regional or Traditional Sports
- Sloop sailing
The Bahamas Sporting Success
- The Bahamas has won 8 gold medals (up to 2021), so is the most successful nation at the Olympic Games per capita.
Athletes from The Bahamas
- Chris Brown (Track and Field)
- Mychal Thompson (basketball)
- Rick Fox (basketball)
- Durward Knowles (sailing)