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Sport in South Africa

As you might have guessed, South Africa is in the southern tip of the African continent. It is one of the largest countries in the world as well as one of the most populous. And all these people, from various cultural backgrounds, often only come together for one reason, their love of sports.

Where it gets tricky is what sport they love. Statistically, the most popular sports in South Africa are cricket, rugby and soccer. Other sports which enjoy a particularly good amount of following includes athletics, basketball, boxing, golf, netball, swimming, and tennis.

For the black portion of the South African population, soccer has emerged as the number one sport. With their love of the sport, it is not hard to imagine why some of their stars have goner on to play for international clubs like Aaron Mokoena, Delron Buckley, Benni McCarthy, Lucas Radebe, Philemon Masinga, and Steven Pienaar. South Africa has also hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

rugby stadium cape town south africaA rugby stadium features in the spectacular landscape of Cape Town

Rugby is also a very popular sport in South Africa and their national team, the Springboks, has performed particularly well in the international stage taking the 1995, 2007 and 2019 Rugby World Cups. There is also a fair amount of world-class Rugby players from South Africa that includes Bryan Habana, Danie Craven, Francois Pienaar, Frik du Preez, Joost van der Westhuizen, and Naas Botha. South Africa has also hosted quite a few international sports meetings like the 1996 African Cup of Nations, 2003 Cricket World Cup, as well as the 2007 World Twenty20 Championship.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to South Africa.

Popular sports of South Africa

Regional or Traditional Sports of South Africa

South African Sporting Success

Great athletes from South Africa

South Africa Sports trivia

South Africa at major events

Past sporting events hosted in South Africa

Upcoming sporting events in South Africa

Annual sporting events held in South Africa

Sporting Facilities in South Africa


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