There have been many major sporting events in the world over the years and while Europe, Asia and the Americas have hosted most of them, Africa has had its fair share. South Africa has had the lion’s share, thanks to a wonderful track record and good infrastructure but other nations including Kenya have also tested the hosting benefits.
1. 1974 Rumble in the Jungle (Zaire)
The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974 (at 4:00 am). Held on May 20 at the now Stade Tata Raphaël Stadium, it pitted the undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali, a former heavyweight champion. The attendance was 60,000, Ali winning by knockout, putting Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round. It has been called “arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”. The event was one of Don King’s first ventures as a professional boxing promoter.