Kenyan marathon maestro Eliud Kipchoge and American track and field star Dalilah Muhammad have been named World Athletics’ male and female athletes of the year. Kipchoge clinched the award which he also won last year following an impressive season.
Siya Kolisi captained the South African team to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup; defeating England in the final thus securing the Webb Ellis Cup. Although this was South Africa’s third World Cup win, Kolisi is the first black captain to lead the national team to victory.
The springbok emblem was introduced under white rule in South Africa and by retaining it, it remains a burden for many South Africans who followed the Rugby World Cup.
In athletics no other country is more consistent or more synonymous with victory than the East African country of Kenya. The country currently holds all long-distance road-running world records, both in the full and half marathons.
In Sudan, where a women’s football is religiously banned, Salma Al-Majidi beat the odds to become the first Arab and Sudanese woman to coach men’s football in the Arab world.
Ever heard of sports tourism? The President of African Sports Tourism Week, Deji Ajomale-McWord will be bringing the Africans Sports Tourism Week to Ghana.
Zimbabwean pioneer O’Meara Chiedza Rusike is the country’s first black female jockey. The 21-year-old credits her adoptive parents and turbulent childhood for her achievement saying, “God often uses our deepest pain as the launching of our greatest calling”.
According to observers, black surfers are still not properly represented in various media and promotional events for the sport. It is likely because surfing is generally considered a “whites only” sport and the preserve of men; making it riddled with racial and gender biases against black women surfers.
Surfing may seem a mainstay of the west or for white people but that’s in fact a falsehood. There’s been a cultural history of black surfing in South Africa dating back to the 1940s. Currently Africa is home to some of the world’s best surf destinations.