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date: 16 July 2019

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The long arc of sport in Africa is examined in this chapter through the prism of the Anglophone and Francophone colonizations, which established the two big Western empires on the continent. In addition, the chapter traces postcolonial developments throughout the twentieth century. A particular focus is the internationalization and then globalization of African sport as part of the imperial project and the role that pioneering African sportsmen and local elites played in the process. The chapter also summarizes the growing English- and French-language scholarship on African sport and emerging perspectives on the topic, as well as suggests some possibilities for future research on sports in Africa.

Keywords: sport, Anglophone, Francophone, Africa, colonization, postcolonization, imperialisms, influences, assessment of scientific researches

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