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The principal sports in Haiti is soccer. However, many Haitian play basketball, volley ball as well as many other sports.

Simone Biles, a 5-time U.S. Olympic Medalist of Haitian Descent

Simone Arianne Biles is an U.S. artistic gymnast born on March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, winning 19 Olympic and World Championship medals. Before the Rio Olympic, her medal haul included 14 total world championship medals, including all-around gold in 2013, 2014 and 2015. With 10 world championship gold medals, Simone holds the record for the most ever won by a female gymnast. In the 2016 U.S Olympic team, she took part in all-around, vault & floor exercise champion and balance beam. Her 4 gold medals in the Rio tie the Olympic record for a female gymnast in a single Games and her five 2016 Olympic medals, tie for the most by a U.S. gymnast, she is four times U.S. all-around champion (2013-16), three-time world floor champion (2013-15), two-time world balance beam champion (2014, 2015). Simone is also a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

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The Summer Olympic games of 2016

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

Up until today, the Summer Olympics have been held 27 times (6 editions in North America, 16 in Europe, 3 in Asia and 2 in Oceania). The Summer Olympic 2016 is unique for many reasons. Golf has been reinstated after a 112-year absence. The Rio 2016 games will be the first to feature Olympians born in the year 2000. The rule says, the Olympians must have been born before Jan. 1, 2003 with relaxation to certain games for health and safety reasons. A team of athletes (10 refugees) who were forced to flee their countries will compete under the Olympic flag. There are 7.5 million tickets, with prices ranging from $40 (for some swimming events) to almost $3000 (for the best seats at the opening ceremony). Organizers will prepare 60,000 meals per day to feed the athletes. Rio 2016 will appoint 70,000 volunteers. 'Taxistas' or Rio's taxi drivers were given opportunity to join a free English course. Total cost of Rio 2016 will mount up to €10.24 billion ((37.6 billion Brazilian Real) including €6.56 billion (24.1 billion Real) for the infrastructure of the city, € 1.77 billion (6.5 billion Real) for sports facilities and €1.91 billion (7 billion Real) for the operation and organization of the event.

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Raw sewage flows into many of Rio's Olympic venues every day

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

Fernando Rosado Spilki, a virologist and an expert in water quality was commissioned by the Associated Press to test conditions in all the water at Brazilian competition sites. Spilki is an expert on the subject from the Universidade Feevale in Brazil. In last July, he identified virus levels 1.7 million times more than which would be considered highly alarming in the U.S. or Europe. It is basically 'poop water' and the IOC does not care for that. Nobody can deny the facts that raw sewage regularly flows into many of Rio's Olympic venues every day and there is no dilution factor in the bay or lagoon where events will take place and within this polluted environment, the exposure is imminent and the chances of infection are very likely. Officials have already admitted that they would be able to treat maximum 65% of the sewage that flows into the bay, not their earlier target of 80%. Kristina Mena, on examining Spolki's report, has predicted that if any athlete ingests just three teaspoons of water from the bay, will have a 99% chance of infection. Ms. Mena is an expert in risk management for waterborne viruses at the School of Public Health at the University of Texas. Coaches are advising sailors to keep their mouths closed and sanitize themselves once they come into contact with polluted water.

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Haitian runner Jeffrey Julmis draws cheers at Rio Olympic

Haitian runner Jeffrey Julmis in Rio

Here is the Haitian runner Jeffrey Julmis during the first of the 110m hurdle semi-finals at the Olympic games in Rio. He toke a dive but despite being hampered, he managed to finish in a time of 25.56, nearly 12 seconds behind the second-last place runner. In his first series, Jeffrey Julmis finished in 13.66 seconds and ranked 3rd on 9 runners.

Haitian hurdler Jeffrey Julmis fell down after hitting a hurdle in the 110 meter hurdles semi-finals. His falling drew massive cheers from the crowd at the Estadio Olimpico on August 16. Julmis mistimed the first obstacle on the course and jumped straight into the first hurdle during the first of the 110 meter hurdles semi-finals and tumbled head over feet into the second one while taking the first hurdle with him all the way to the second hurdle. But, in true Olympic spirit, he got up again to finish the race to huge cheers from the crowd. Took a deep breath, composed himself and cleared the final eight hurdles in a time of 25.56 seconds, nearly 13 seconds behind race winner Orlando Ortega of Spain (13.32 seconds) and 12 seconds behind the second-last place getter Ronnie Ash of USA (13.36 seconds). Yordan O'Farrill of Cuba came last in the round with 13.70 seconds time. He was later declared disqualified, but no one's run was more memorable than Julmis in Lane 9 who ended up himself doing a somersault, landing close to the second hurdle.

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How did the story of the Olympic games begins

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

The story behind the Olympic medals goes all the way back to the ancient Olympics, when only the winner of an event would receive a crown of laurel leaves as his prize. Leaves of such crown were taken from a sacred grove, near the temple of Zeus, in Olympia. In 1896, the winners were awarded silver medals and a diploma in addition to the crown. In 1904, for the first time in the Olympic history, the tradition of awarding gold, silver and bronze medals began in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States.

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10 Haitian Athletes Confirmed For the Olympic Games

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

According to the Haitian Olympic Committee, 10 Haitian athletes are representing Haiti in Rio 2016 in Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. They are: Darrell Wesh (100 and 200 meters), Jeffrey Jilmus (110 meters hurdles), Mulern Jean (100 meters hurdles), Samyr Lain¨¦ (triple jump); Richardson Hitchins (Boxing); Josu¨¦ Deprez (Judo); Edouard Joseph (Weight Lifting); Asnage Castelly (Wrestling); Aniya Necol Louissaint (Taekwondo). Naomy Grand ¡(r)Pierre is a former Whitefield Academy swimmer; her participation has been accepted in the Aquatic Sports by the International Swimming Federation (FINA). Haiti is what is known as a ¡°universality place¡±; the nation can send one male and one female athlete to the world championships. Since Haiti does not have any swimmer to match the Olympic qualifying speeds, Naomy was approached by Haitian authority if she would like to join its national team for this summer¡¯s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Her representation has been accepted under the rule of Universality. She is a current resident of Atlanta, a Major in Economics and International Studies, a regular participator in swimming, track and soccer in high school. So far, Haiti had sent the maximum number of participants (13) in the 1976 Montreal Olympic-- 10 in Athletics events and 3 in Boxing.

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The 2016 Summer Olympics & the Threat of the Zika Virus

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

The threat of the Zika virus is absolutely real in Brazil and it has reached in Rio de Janeiro. There it is flourishing beyond expectation. In last January, the declaration of Rio as a "safe environment" by the International Olympic Committee was a plain speculation based upon a declaration by the Brazil's Ministry of Health that described "Zika as a notifiable disease". The declaration was not supported by any actual data, because then the counting of cases was not started. However, when the data became available, it showed Rio de Janeiro's suspected Zika cases (about 26,000) are one of the highest (fourth, with 157 cases per 100,000) of any state in Brazil. After years of money being dumped into the games, IOC felt it is not possible to delay or move the Rio Games because of Zika. With an estimated 500,000 foreign tourists who will flock into Rio for the Games, there are enough chances that Brazil's Zika will spread globally. The decision to continue Summer Olympics in Rio is purely a financial decision, not a logical one.

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Haiti and the Olympic Games

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

Haiti made its first appearance at the 2nd edition of the Olympic Games in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. The country's first Olympic prize came 24 later, in 1924, when the seven members of Haiti's shooting team took third place in the free rifle competition. Then second and so far the last Olympic medal was won by Silvio Cator, he took the silver in men's long jump; his 7.58 meter effort was 16 cm short of gold (Edward Hamm). Since then the country has not won any medal in the Olympic Games.

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Tickets to the 2016 Olympics in Rio Just Aren't Selling

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

CoSport (www.cosport.com, 877 457 4647) is the only entity authorized to sell individual tickets and ticket-inclusive packages for the Olympic. As per April 4, 2016 report, only four months before the opening, just half the tickets for all events were sold. There could be many reasons for that. Presently, Brazil is passing through its worst recession in 25 years. Very few Brazilians have the extra money to spend on attending the games. The government was forced to cut Olympic budget, with everything from the opening ceremony, all over security for the gamer, and facilities for athletes in the Olympic Village. An impeachment process began against Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian President for her alleged involvement in a corruption scandal in the late 2015 and that continued through the first half of 2016 (till 12 May 2016).

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2016 Summer Olympics in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

The Summer Olympic Game was first held in 1896. It is an international multi-sport event which occurs once in every four years under the organization of the International Olympic Committee. The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been elected host city of the Games of the 27h Olympics and it is due to take place from 5 to 21 August 2016. Rio will be the first South American city ever to host the summer games and the first place to hold Olympic in a Portuguese-speaking country. The competition venues will be clustered in four zones - Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã. The competition will include 306 events out of 42 Olympic sports disciplines over the course of 19 days (August 3rd and 4th football) and will yield 136 medals for women, 161 for men and nine mixed medals. This year, record number of countries (207 countries, new entrants are Kosovo and South Sudan) are participating in a record number of events. These sporting events will take place at 34 competition venues in the host city and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil's largest city), Brasília (Brazil's capital), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Manaus. The Rio 2016 opening ceremony will be at the world famous football (soccer) Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016.

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