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Sport in Burkina Faso

This West African state is landlocked and is bordered by six countries and is relative small in size. Formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta, the country's traditional sports include wrestling and archery. The wrestlers were classified according to weight while the archers are divided among adults (30 meters) and young (20 meters).

But in modern days, they love football, cycling, Rugby union, basketball, handball, athletics, boxing, tennis and martial arts. Football in particular is quite popular and they even built the Omnisport Stadium specifically to host the 1998 African Cup of Nations wherein they reached the semi-finals which qualified them for the FIFA World Youth Championship that was held in UAE, 2003.

The biggest name if football that came from this country includes Kassoum Ouegraogo, Siaka Ouattara and Moumouni Dagano.

Another sport that has picked up popularity is cycling since it is also a means of transportation for the Burkinabés. They even hold an annual race called Tour du Faso in November and has been part of the UCI Africa Tour since 2005.

As far as the Olympics are concerned, the country first joined the Summer Olympic Games in the 1972 Munich Games then skipped the three following games. They then again joined the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and to date, they are yet to take home a single Olympic medal.

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Popular sports of Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Sporting Success

Great athletes from Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Sports trivia

Burkina Faso at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Burkina Faso

Upcoming sporting events in Burkina Faso

Annual sporting events held in Burkina Faso

Sporting Facilities in Burkina Faso

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