Sports in Martinique

Sport gets an primary place in the West Indies. From young age, children are encouraged to practice or introduced to different sports. Martinican men as women often practice sports from running and team sports .

In practice and in terms of licensees, football/soccer is the first sport on the island, but sports such as athletics, basketball, handball, cycling or swimming prominently in number of subscribers.

Course de yoles rondesIf you want to talk about originality in Martinique, you should absolutely treat racing of round skiffs that are very successful with the public. The gigs, wooden boats built for fishing were also used by fishermen who engaged the challenges of given course. Years after years, the hype about these races increases, companies saw a way of marketing and local visibility are now sponsoring a skiff that would display their colors. Then, thereafter, the Société des Yoles Rondes has structured the round skiffs races, and became responsible for organizing the Tour of Martinique. For twenty years, gigs unleashed passions. You should go to a stage of the Tour of Martinique of Round Skiffs (Tour de Martinique des Yoles Rondes) to view it.

PSG-OM Teams of the French leagueAnother popular sport, football/soccer is more up in the Caribbean than in metropolitan France. Almost all the men of the island regularly follow a team of French championship and despite the distance and time difference does not miss a television broadcast of their favorite team. Gradually, women were initiated by their companions, husbands, friends to the sport and have a taste. The importance of football/soccer is such that when displaying a great match, streets and other public spaces are often deserted.

Henry and Thuram, with French west Indies originsYounger, football is a social elevator and dedicated to their passion, idol (s) once Henry, Anelka or Thuram players of Caribbean or West Indian origin and now Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, international icons make it the most popular sport among young people. Some managed to emerge from the shadows to integrate professional clubs (Emmanuel Rivière at Saint-Etienne, Johan Hartock at Lyon and Frédéric Piquionne at Nîmes Olympique).

The team sports (handball, basketball or rugby and volleyball) are also followed. Basketball met a great success with fans that followed the performance of African-American champions like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal assiduously.

Coralie Balmy french champion in swimmingTennis and swimming are also popular where performance tennis Gael Monfils tennis player with Caribbean origins and Coralie Balmy, swimmer formed Martinique followed at major competitions.

Athletics first sport before in terms of licensees, has lost its luster but still in the most popular sports on the island. In addition, the performance of Jamaicans, another island in the Caribbean can win new licensees who dream by Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Veronica Campbell or Shelly-Ann Fraser.

Thomas Voeckler, double champion of France in cyclingFinally, cycling is also a major sports on the island and Tour of Martinique is one of the highlights each year. Played along with the Tour de France, it is common to see the audience follow along, the exploits of Thomas Voeckler product of the local school in the Tour de France.

In Martinique, you must separate the sport practice and the popularity thereof . If racing skiffs are the most popular sport, in practice ball sports are those who have the most redundants with athletics.

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