Road to London 2012!
Did you know- Between July 25 and August 9, 1992, the Angolan Olympic Committee sent 29 athletes to the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. The African nation has participated in seven sports: basketball (11), boxing (1), roller hockey (11), judo (4), swimming (3), sailing (3) and track and field (6).
Did you know- Basketball is very popular because basketball is a traditional sport with a long history in the African nation. Oddly enough, from the 1980s to the 2000s, Angola – a war-torn nation – boasted one of the best basketball teams in the Third World. In 1992, the Angolan team came in 10th place, out of 12 teams, in the Men’s Olympic Games Basketball Tournament in Barcelona (Spain). Eight years ago, they won the silver medal at the African Under-20 Championship. In 1987, against all odds, Angola – a Portuguese-speaking republic located in southern Africa – won gold in men’s basketball at the African Games in Nairobi (Kenya). Prior to 1987, Angola’s men’s basketball team placed 20th at the World Championships in Spain. In the Spanish town of Ferrol, Africans were the most popular basketball players; there Angola had beaten Australia 74-69. On top of that, the country – one of Africa’s least developed states – finished 13th in the universal competition in South America in the early 1990s. In 1996, it placed 11th at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia (United States).
Did you know- Angola’s first major international success came at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At this world event, the men’s football team came in 23rd place, between Croatia (Europe) and Tunisia (North Africa). The best players were Flavio da Silva Amado, Joao Ricardo Pereira dos Santos Batalha and Fabrice Alcebiades Maieco, in that order.
Los Angeles 1984
Did you know- The Angolan Olympic Committee, under pressure from Cuba and the Soviet Union, boycotted the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, USA. Four years ago, Angola made its Olympic debut at the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow, USSR (present-day Russia). In contrast, Angola is one of the youngest members of the Olympic family.
Did you know- The men’s handball team finished 15th at the U20 World Championships.
Did you know- The most popular sports are soccer, track and field, basketball, roller hockey and handball.
Did you know- The national team came in seventh place in women’s handball at the 1996 Summer Games in the United States of America. During this international event, Angola, under the tutelage of coach Alberto Junior, beat America (host country) 24-23. The country also qualified for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. In the 1990s, Angola’s women’s handball team competed in five world championships (1990, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999). At the 1997 World Cup, the national delegation placed 15th, ahead of Japan, South Korea and Canada.