Accessibility links

Breaking News

Ex-NBA Player Manute Bol Plans to Become Tallest Jockey - 2003-10-13

Former National Basketball Association player Manute Bol from Sudan plans to become the world's tallest horse racing jockey.

The Hoosier Park racecourse, 48 kilometers north of Indianapolis, Indiana, said Bol will become a licensed jockey with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. A spokesman for the track said Bol, who stands 2.31 meters, is doing it to support his Ring True Foundation, which raises money and awareness about problems in the civil war-torn Sudan. He plans to make his jockey debut on October 18.

This is not the first time for Bol to take up a new sport to raise money. He has appeared in a boxing ring and also played ice hockey for a minor league American team, the Indianapolis Ice.

Bol, 40, was a second round draft pick of Washington's NBA team in 1985. He retired from pro basketball after 11 seasons, blocking more shots per minute than anyone in league history. Besides Washington, Manute Bol also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat. He now lives in Sudan.