Sports
 

Many children in Colombia look up to internationally famous soccer players such as Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama and Radamel Falcao García; or athletes such as Mariana Pajón, gold medal winner in the BMX all-terrain bicycle race in the London 2012 Olympic Games. In general, most Colombians are sports enthusiasts and celebrate the triumphs of their athletes.

Colombia's major cities have multiple sports venues and settings for practicing sports. There are settings for the practice of all kinds of athletic activities. Besides, in the last decade Colombia has become a world-class destination for extreme sports.

Every Sunday in most major cities there are ciclovías: some of the city’s streets are closed to car traffic and people go out and ride bikes, jog, or simply take a stroll in the fresh air.

International sports tournaments and competitions also take place in Colombia, including the Copa Colsanitas BBVA –the most important event in Latin America for women’s tennis–, the Torneo Internacional de Golf del Club San Andrés (San Andrés Club International Golf Tournament) and many other competitions.

The national game is tejo (turmequé), a tradition of over 500 years mainly practiced in the Andes Region that is featured in the National Olympic Games.