On this Sport in Africa Day, the African Union Sports Council celebrates a year that has seen African sports ascend to unprecedented heights, both within our vibrant continent and on the global stage.
The AU Sports Council’s objective is to promote participation, build capacity and achieve excellence in African sports and strive towards all the aspirations of Agenda 2063 in self-sustainability on # ‘The Africa We Want’.
Regional Community Projects: Foundations of Success
This year, the African Union Sports Council has been at the forefront of groundbreaking projects, nurturing talent and fostering a spirit of unity through sports.
In East Africa, the ‘Youth in Sports’ initiative has empowered thousands of young athletes, providing training facilities and scholarships.
“East African runners took 2023 by storm, dominating marathons, setting records, and claiming gold medals. Their endurance and excellence lit up the year!#AfricanSports #Agenda2063
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— African Union (@_AfricanUnion) December 14, 2023
West Africa’s ‘Community Sports Revival’ program has successfully rejuvenated local sports culture, bringing sports back to the heart of communities.
Southern Africa’s focus on integrating technology in sports has set a new benchmark for the continent, while North Africa’s commitment to women’s sports has resulted in an unparalleled increase in female participation at all levels.
Global and Continental Sporting Triumphs
African athletes and teams have shone brightly in 2023. From the athletics tracks of the World Championships to the football pitches of the African Cup of Nations, Africa’s sportsmen and women have displayed exceptional skill, resilience, and sportsmanship.
• East African long-distance runners have continued their dominance in major marathons, breaking records and winning multiple gold medals.
• West African football teams have excelled both in regional tournaments and in prestigious international clubs, showcasing outstanding talent and teamwork.
• Southern Africa’s cricket teams have made significant strides, with historic wins in international series, underscoring the region’s growing prowess in the sport and South Africa’s rugby team, the Springboks, won the World Cup for a record fourth time and for a second time in succession.
• North African judokas have garnered global acclaim, earning top spots in international competitions and bringing home numerous medals.