June 2020

Last modified: 29.06.2020

New book

In Lakota Hoops, anthropologist Alan Klein trains his experienced eye on the ways that Lakota traditions find a seamless expression in the sport. In a variety of ways such as weaving time-honored religious practices into the game, basketball has become a preferred way of finding continuity with the past. But the game is also well suited to the present and has become the largest regular gathering for all Lakota, promoting national pride as well as a venue for the community to creatively and aggressively confront white bigotry when needed.


African Athletics in Times of Change: From Grassroots to the Global Stage

11 July 2020, 3:00 PM GMT Online

In lieu of the postponed Sports Africa 2020 conference, Sports Africa Network is hosting a series of online discussion sessions. This third roundtable aims to bring together athletes, coaches and officials from across the continent to discuss:

  • The state of athletics
  • Athletic aspirations
  • Women’s athletics
  • Community ties and development
  • Funding, doping, and politics


Isaac Makwala, Olympian and Commonwealth Games Champion (400m), Botswana
Justice Dipeba, Olympian and Coach, Botswana
Rose Jepkorir Chepyator-Thomson, Professor of Kinesiology, University of Georgia, US-Kenya
Norman Ontong, Coach and founder of Fit2Run, South Africa
Louzzane Coetzee, Paralympian, South Africa
Anthony Koffi, Sprint Coach, Cote d’Ivoire
Aziz Daouda, Athletics Technical Director, Morocco
Ed Neufville, Olympian, Liberia

Dr. Martha Saavedra, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Click here to register for the Zoom call

The session will also be available on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/groups/SportsAfrica / Videos from previous sessions on the documentary Sadio Mane: Made in Senegal and on African basketball are also available there.


Football players’ production: Brazil world leader

The CIES Football Observatory just published its 55th Monthly Report. The study analyses the contribution of national associations worldwide from the point of view of the production of professional players. The sample includes 55,865 footballers having played during the 2019 calendar year in 132 top or second division leagues from 93 countries covering all continents.

To produce the ranking, domestic league minutes played by each footballer were weighted according to a coefficient of clubs’ sporting strength, calculated by taking into account the division and results of teams at national level, as well as the results of the representatives of every association in international club competitions. The origin of players was defined as the association where they grew up.

Brazil stands out as the world leader regarding the production of professional footballers. Brazilians are numerous (2,748 in the 132 leagues studied, of which 1,541 are abroad), play a considerable number of minutes (1,203 domestic league minutes per year compared to a general average of 1,133 minutes) and are active in high-level clubs (sporting coefficient of 0.49 compared to an average of 0.37).

France is the second world powerhouse, just ahead of Spain. The French are more numerous than the Spanish in the leagues studied (1,744 as opposed to 1,350), but are less fielded (on average 1,260 minutes against 1,360 in 2019) and play in clubs with a lower level (average sporting coefficient of 0.55 as opposed to 0.63). Argentina ranks fourth outranking two other European countries: England and Germany.