South African Sports- South Africa’s most popular sports are soccer, rugby, and cricket. Other sports with significant support are swimming, athletics, golf, boxing, tennis, ringball, and netball. Although soccer commands the greatest following among the youth, other sports like basketball, surfing and skateboarding are increasingly popular.
Sport in South Africa is still largely seen (in the words of a former member of Women and Sport South Africa) as “the domain of men”. In 1997, one writer described “massive gender inequalities in the sporting structures of the country, and a strong association between sport and masculinity”.
Basketball- South African Sports
Basketball is an increasingly popular sport in South Africa especially among the youth. The national federation Basketball South Africa was founded in 1992 and is one of the youngest members of the global basketball governing body FIBA. The national team competes at the FIBA Africa Championship.
So far, no basketball player of South African nationality has made it to the NBA. However, South Africa was the birthplace to Steve Nash, two-time MVP in the NBA, and Swiss NBA player Thabo Sefolosha has a South African father.
South Africa has staged Formula One Grand Prix, the last being the 1993 race at the Kyalami circuit. It has produced 1979 Formula One world champion, Jody Schekter, who triumphed for Ferrari that year. South Africa was also one of the host nations for the A1 Grand Prix. Motor rallying and off-road (4×4) racing are also widely popular in South Africa. The 2009 Dakar Rally was won by South African Giniel de Villiers in a Volkswagen Touareg.
Surfing has a following but is mainly practiced by white South Africans. South Africa, in particular, offers plenty of quality surfing areas, with places of magnificent beauty, such as Cape Town, Durban or Jeffrey’s Bay.