The principal sports in Haiti is soccer. However, many Haitian play basketball, volley ball as well as many other sports.
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.
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).
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.
Abdias Dolce who was among more than 40,000 Haitians who emigrated to Brazil following the 2010 earthquake had the privilege to carry the Olympic Torch through the streets of Manaus in Brazil in June, 2016. He received warm cheers from the crowd as he was staging the Olympic Torch Relay
Dolce stated that he was representing over 40,000 immigrants from Haiti who came to Brazil following the earthquake. He was very appreciative of the people of Brazil and Manaus in particular. Abdias Dolce who had managed to lean Portuguese in a relatively short period of time said that his three most favorite passions in Brazil are: Carnival, Football and music.
Here is another Haitian who makes us proud. Skal Labissière who is a former basketball player of Collège Canado Haïtien was picked on Thursday, June 23 to become a member of the Sacramento Kings team. Skal Labissière currently stands at 6'11" and weighs 225 pounds. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. He demonstrates his strongest strength in offense. There were some questions raised prior to his selection on whether or not Labissière would be a good fit for the Sacramento Kings team or whether or not he would be selected in the draft.
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We just learned that the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali is dead. Ali died yesterday, Friday June 3, 2016, at a Phoenix-area hospital. He was admitted there several days ago and was being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74.
The Haitian-American soccer player Jozy Altidore, will not be able to play for his native team of Haiti at the Copa America Centenario; however, he has contributed by providing the necessary funding to make sure that people in Haiti have the opportunity to enjoy the games. Altidore and his foundation are donated funds to make sure that every Haiti and USMNT match are broadcasted in Haiti. The St. Luke Foundation will arrange, host and supervise public watch parties for the games, which will feature large projection screens that will be transported to Haiti from Miami.
Haiti will be playing in Group B at the Copa America and its first game at the Copa America will be on June 4 against Peru
Patrice Neveu (born March 29, 1954) is a French football coach and a former midfield player of French football clubs Angoulême CFC and ES La Rochelle. Recently, he has been appointed as the coach for the Haitian national team on December 19, 2015 by virtue of an agreement signed by Dr. Yves Jean Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) on a two year term, renewable at the will and satisfaction of both parties. He has replaced the former Haitian coach Marc Collat (from Martinique), whose contract was not renewed. He was fired following a poor start in the last World Cup qualification campaign.
French former footballer midfielder, Patrice Neveu, has been named the new national football coach for the Haitian team for a period of two years. On Saturday, December 19, 2015, Patrice Neveu and Dr. Yves Jean Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) signed the contract. He will face his first challenge when the Grenadiers meet the selection of Trinidad & Tobago on January 8, 2016 as part of the "Copa America Centenario" that will be held in the United States.
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Patrice Neveu, nouvo antrenè foutbòl nasyonal an Ayiti
We have some photos for the inauguration of the new Community Center in Canapé Vert. President Michel Martelly was present on Thursday for the inauguration of this new facility equipped with five different offices that will be used by the local Government, several conference rooms and a soccer field.
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