The principal sports in Haiti is soccer. However, many Haitian play basketball, volley ball as well as many other sports.
We learned with sadness the passing of former member of the Haitian National soccer team, Mr. Joseph Obas. He died on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in New York of a heart attack as he was watching the World Cup, game between Argentine and Iran.
Born in the North of the country, Joseph Obas started his career in the city of cap-Haitian. He later moved to the Haitian Capital where he became a member of the Racing Club.
Not Emmanuel Sanon, but Joseph Obas is considered to be the highest Haitian scorer for the Haitian National team. He was one of the major players who caused Haiti to qualify for the 1970 World Cup.
The Haitian-American we all have been expecting to shine in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil may be out for the rest of the games.
Just in the 23rd minute of his first game in the 2014 World Cup, Jozy Altidore was obligated to come out. Sadly enough, his brief apparition might have been just that.
He pulled his left hamstring as he was attempting to run with a pass received from midfielder Michael Bradley.
Hamstring injuries are common in athletes. a pulled hamstring is no other than an excessive stretch or tear of muscle fibers and related tissues. During gait, the hamstrings undergo a complex process which makes it very vulnerable to frequent injuries. It must contract concentrically during the end of the stance phase in order to bend the knee and allow the foot to clear the ground. Also, at the end of the swing phase the hamstrings needs to contract while applying a braking moment to knee extension.
Although most Haitians are supporting either Brazil or Argentine in this 2014 World Cup taking place in Brazil, we have been more involved and surprisingly, our involvement have nothing to do with either.
Two players of Haitian origin are currently playing in the World Cup. Jean Beausejour is defending the Chilean National team, and Jozy Altidore is a major contributor in the U.S. soccer team.
The son of a Haitian father and a Chilean-Mapuche mother, Jean Beausejour was born in Santiago, Chile. He began playing Football professionally at Universidad Católica in 2001. Due to his superior soccer skill, he was selected for Chile national team by coach Marcelo Bielsa.
A major accomplishment for the Haitian artist. FIFA has selected Wyclef Jean to be in the line up of entertainers who will be performing at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. He will be accompanied by Carlos Santana, Avicii and Alexandre Pires.
"We will find a Way" the song to be interpreted by Wyclef Jean.
Wyclef Jean is scheduled to interpret the song titled:"Dar in Rio or We Will find the way. His performance will take place during the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro in front of millions of spectators who will be watching at the stadium, in Television and on their internet.
Kosovo's National Football Team has an unsteady status within the International Football Federation (FIFA). This is owing to the fact many countries do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state. In 2013, the FIFA Executive Committee gave permission to Kosovo to play exhibition games against teams from countries that recognized Kosovo as a sovereign state. But a condition was put on it: neither the national flag, nor the national anthem was permitted.
Political tensions led the national football federations of Kosovo and Serbia to an accord this past January, which stated Kosovo would not compete with the countries of the former Yugoslavia until such time tensions eased.
Haitian-born professional boxer for Canada, Jean-Thenistor Pascal, walked away from the biggest fight billed between two Canadian boxers as the clear winner. His opponent, 33-year-old Lucian Bute conceded to the victory and stated that Pascal had simply been, "...the better fighter."
Having slightly similar histories, the two being imports to Canada with Bute Romanian-born, both ascended to the top of their shared sport without having to face-off. The match between the former IBF super-middleweight champion, Bute, and the former light heavyweight champion, Pascal was therefore, highly anticipated, with Pascal himself describing it as seven years' worth of anticipation.
But the high expectations for a good fight were brought low when Pascal led and held the fore almost throughout the match. The audience at Bell Centre, all 20,479 of them, had no doubt expected a fight more evenly fought, however, not just a few of them were disappointed by the almost landslide victory of Pascal as he dominated every round except the 12th and beat Bute with the scores of 117-110, 117-111, and 116-112.
In the world of Canadian pro boxing, the four top contenders are Haitian-American. Most of the home boxing matches take place in Quebec, where the immigrant community flourishes. It has also developed the top four.
Currently Adonis Stevenson holds the WBC Light Heavyweight title, superseding Jean Pascal, another top Haitian fighter. Dierry Jean is vying for the IBF Light Welterweight and Birmane Stiverne is anticipating his battle against Chris Arreola for the WBC Heavyweight title.
Pascal, now in his 30s, has named the top four: Stevenson, Jean, Stiverne, and himself the Haitian All Stars. The All Stars don't possess a cultural style of fighting like fighters from other countries, but have developed an individual style. Stevenson is a belter and a knockout machine, whereas Pascal is showy and athletic. Jean is quick and forceful, while Stiverne is a heavy and aggressive puncher.
Yves "Dadou" Jean-Bart, the country's football federation president, is highly optimistic about the future of Haitian football. In a recent quote he was stated as having said that 2015 will be the beginning of a new era of professionalism in sport. The change will come from the airing of all matches for the national league and the division 1 season lasting from June to September. This plan will be accompanied by a marketing campaign throughout the region.
Now, with the backing of various sponsors, including Digicel, Haiti will join the rank of other Caribbean countries playing soccer internationally like: the Dominican Republic, Antigua, Jamaica and Panama. To make them more 'field worthy' Jean-Bart stated that the country invited FIFA, which will provide help in the form of four experts who will oversee the spending of the funds appropriated towards the sport. A marketing management team will be established, headed by a CONCACAF representative.
On 17 January 2014, the President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) Yves Jean-Bart in presence of the Vice President of the federation, Gary Nicolas with Carlo Marcelin, the Secretary General along with other federation members like Pierre André Myrville, Varieno Saint-Fleur Monique André, Gabriel Rigaud Junior and national technical director, Wilner Étienne, has announced on the ranch of Croix-des-Bouquets that the national championship for the coming season will begin on 15 February.
The sixteen participating teams in the tournament will be Racing Club Haïtien, Valencia, Baltimore, Aigle noir AC, AS Petit Goâve, AS Mirebalais, Racine of Gros Morne, Tempête FC, Cavaly AS, Fica, Victory Sportif Club, Don Bosco SC, América des Cayes, ASC, the Racing of Gonaïves and Violette AC. The last two teams have qualified from D2 in the last season which was a cause of uproar to some. However, the President Yves Jean-Bart has replied that this is a pure sporting choice. Both of these teams have glorious past, reputation and tradition which others do not possess. Our process of selection selects only the bests, "the Super Elite", and that depends on many additional issues away from the performance on the field. The members who did not like this selection did never offer us any better alternative other than complaining on "spending issues". To make professional tournaments successful, money is the most essential ingredient.
The latest national source of pride for Haiti is its native son, Adonis Stevenson, who has become the World Champion Boxer in the heavyweight division for the third time. He won over Chad Dawson with a KO in just over a minute, 78 seconds to be exact. His first two heavyweight titles were fought against opponents, Travis Cloud and Tony Bellew.
Stevenson began life in Port-au-Prince in 1977, immigrating to Canada with his family at five. They settled in Quebec, where Stevenson began his boxing career. He has racked up an impressive record of 22 wins out of 23 fights, 19 of which were KOs.
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