What are some popular sports in Africa

Sports in Africa

Football, handball, athletics ... These sports, which are among the most popular in our country, do not dominate in all countries. There are numerous other sports that are popular and popular in the country or region of your sponsored child. Let yourself be surprised.

Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia: Netball

This basketball-like team sport is played mainly by girls and young women. Netball, also known as netball in German, is particularly popular in English-speaking countries; including Australia or Great Britain, but also for example Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia. The ball is lighter and softer than a regular basketball. Points are scored by throwing the ball into the basket, behind which, unlike basketball, there is no board. The game is played by seven players who, depending on their position, are allowed to move in a certain third of the field. Only one step may be taken with the ball. Dribbling is not allowed in netball.

Senegal: wrestling match

Wrestling is in the Senegal insanely popular; According to surveys, it is even more popular than football. In Senegalese wrestling, too la lutte or laamb called, punches are allowed. You win if you bring your opponent to the ground with your head, back, knees or both hands. Wrestling was originally a recreational sport for fishermen and farmers. Today dance festivals are held in the villages after a successful harvest and fishing, where the whole village comes together to watch the wrestling matches and celebrate the winners.

The wrestling match is now a glimmer of hope for many young Senegalese to make money for their families. Because the winners of the fights often receive a prize. The absolute stars of wrestling even receive up to $ 300,000, as multinational companies have also taken note of the wrestling's popularity and act as sponsors. The spectacle of the fight goes hand in hand with extensive traditional rituals in which the participants douse themselves with sacred liquids, which often give off a strong odor. This is to protect them from negative vibrations. Talismans as body adornments are also said to bring them luck during a fight. Every wrestler has a team behind them to look after them. This includes a marabout, an Islamic saint, and griots who support the wrestler with songs of praise and dances.

Similar forms of Senegalese wrestling are also practiced in Gambia, Nigeria and Niger.

Egypt: stick fighting

Egyptian stick fight, also Tahtib called, goes back to an ancient tradition. Tahtib was created in the Pharaonic period, i.e. before Christ, and is based on a mixture of fighting and dance elements. It was originally taught to soldiers as part of their training. Performing stick fighting on special occasions developed within the civilian population in later years. Modern stick fighting is mainly practiced in the southern part of Egypt. As in traditional Tahtib, the goal is to hit the opponent in the head. To prevent this, martial arts teaches techniques to protect the head and at the same time to reach the head of the other person. The winner is whoever touches the opponent's head with a stick or who is the first to hit the body three times with a stick. Women and men can fight each other in mixed groups these days. The modern Egyptian stick fight has developed over the years into a mixture of dance and fighting and is mainly performed at festivals.

Burkina Faso: Tour de Faso

The Tour du Faso is the biggest Cycling race Africa, which in ten stages over 1300 km Burkina Faso leads. Teams from different nations have been taking part in the demanding Velo Tour, which takes place every November, since 1987. Not only the heat and the desert dust affect the drivers, the road conditions are not always ideal either. The rating is the same as that of the Tour de France - in the Tour de Faso, for example, the green jersey distinguishes the stage winner and the yellow jersey the leading participant in the overall standings.