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Welsh flags in rugby crowd at Millennium Stadium

Nothing quite stirs the national pride in Wales like sport. We love our rugby and football but we enjoy all sports, including some of the more unusual.

Wales is a renowned location for world class sport. Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, capacity 74,500, is the largest stadium in Europe to feature a fully retractable roof. This enables Wales’ National Stadium to host not only Rugby and football internationals but a range of other sports. With the roof closed the stadium has been used for World Championship boxing, cricket, speedway and the final the FIA World Rally Championship.

The World’s third largest sporting event, the Ryder Cup, was held at  the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, south Wales in 2010. The Celtic Manor is one of Europe’s leading golf resorts and a perennial stop on golf’s European Tour. Our other 200 golf courses aren’t bad either.

Wales also plays host to international cricket. A number of international games including the 2009 Ashes Test opener have been played in south east Wales at the SWALEC Stadium. More international cricket is due to come to Wales with the SWALEC Stadium hosting an Ashes Test match in 2015.

For a small country Wales has produced more than its share of internationally known sports stars. From the World’s most expensive footballer Gareth Bale, to Olympic Taekwondo London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist Jade Jones, we are proud of the achievements of Welsh sports men and women.

Wales was very much involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games, with record breaking 30 Welsh Olympic competitors and 38 Welsh Paralympic competitors taking part. Hundreds of athletes from across the world chose Wales for as their Pre Games Training Camp and Cardiff was selected as a host city for the London 2012 Olympic Games Football competition.

Find out more about Wales' national sport.
We have a long history in football and some notable names at top levels of the sport.
We're proud of our athletic successes.
We have world class venues for world class athletes.
We like to do things differently, even in sport.
Wales is well equipped for an outdoor adventure.
The Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow, Scotland this summer. Wales competes as a team at the games.
IPC Athletics European Championships. This August around 600 athletes from 40 countries will compete.
Check out why Cardiff was chosen as the European Capital of Sport 2014
Taking place entirely in north Wales for the first time, find out about this major sporting event.