Sport in Sudan
This African country is located in the Nile Valley in the northern part of Africa. The Republic of South Sudan declared their independence from Sudan on July 9th, 2011.
Sudan is the birthplace of many ancient civilizations, each with their own sports, but in modern times the most popular sports in this region of the world is football as well as athletics, track and field to be specific. Other sports that are also rising in popularity include basketball, handball and volleyball.
Sudan has long been involved in football. As a matter of fact, Sudan is one of the founders of African football along with Ethiopia, Egypt and South Africa. In 1956, Sudan hosted the African Cup of Nations and won it in 1970. Sudan is also the home of the Khartoum League, known as the oldest league in Africa. Some of the most recognizable footballers from Sudan include Al-Hilal and El-Merreikh.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Sudan. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.
Popular sports of Sudan
- Football (Soccer), Track and Field, handball, basketball, volleyball
Sudan Sporting Success
- Sudan won the African Cup Of Nations in 1970.
Athletes from Sudan
- Ismail Ahmed Ismail (track and field) - the first Sudanese athlete to win an Olympic medal when he came 2nd in the men's 800m race at the 2008 Olympic Games.
- Al-Hilal (football)
- El-Merreikh (football)
Sudan Sports trivia
- The nickname of the Sudanese football team is Sokoor Al-Jediane, meaning the Desert Hawks
- Sudan first competed at the Olympic Games in 1960.
- Sudan was one of the four African nations - the others being Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa - which formed African football.
Sudan at major events
Past sporting events hosted in Sudan
- Sudan hosted the first African Cup of Nations in 1956
Upcoming sporting events in Sudan
Annual sporting events held in Sudan
- Khartoum League (football)
Sporting Facilities in Sudan
- Al-Hilal Stadium
- Almourada Stadium
- Khartoum Stadium
- Stade Al-Amal Atbara