We enjoy our traditional sports like football and rugby here in Wales but also love taking part in some more unusual activities.
Our national stadium, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, hosts many international sporting events. It has capacity for 74,500 people and is the largest stadium in Europe to feature a fully retractable roof. The Welsh rugby team and the Welsh national football team play here but the stadium also doubles up as a venue for other events such as the final for motor sport’s 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 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. The ICC Champions Trophy also comes to England & Wales in June 2013.
Wales was very much involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games, with a 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.