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Constantin Henriquez, First Haitian Olympic champion in 1900

Constantin Henriquez, First Haitian Olympic champion in 1900

Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera arrived in France in 1893 on the steamship La Bretagne, from Port-de-Paix. In October 28, 1900, he became the first African-Caribbean Olympic champion for France

Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera was a Haitian-born French rugby union footballer. His name is worth remembering for many reasons. He was not only the first black athlete to compete at the Olympics, Henriquez was the first black athlete and the first African-Caribbean Olympic champion in the Olympic Games and by extension, the first to become an Olympic gold medalist, because he was a member of the France squad in 1900 that won the Olympic title at the first Rugby Olympic Tournament in France. He also won the silver in the tug of war at the same Games. He introduced football in his country Haiti in 1904, and scored the first goal in Haiti during a competition. He came back in Haiti in the 1950's and became a Senator and was engaged in the promotion of sport in his country. With his brother Alphonse, he co-founded "the Union Sportive Haïtienne". Henriquez was born in Haiti, but moved to France in 1893. Alongside his schooling at the Albert the Great College of Arcueil, he also enjoyed playing rugby. Becoming professional, he played in the biggest clubs in France.

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Haitian runner Jeffrey Julmis in Rio

Haitian runner Jeffrey Julmis in Rio

Here is a picture of Haitian runner Jeffrey Julmis in Rio after a fall. Jeffrey Julmis still managed to be qualified for the semifinals of the 110m hurdles

Julmis, who grew up in Florida and a former member of the track and field team of Kansas State University later said, "It felt good the crowd cheering me on. But I would've loved to have made it to the final."

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Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

Summer Olympic, Rio 2016

Did Brazil make the right choice by hosting the Olympic Games?

On June 4, 2008, Rio de Janeiro was shortlisted by the IOC Executive Board over six other applicant cities--Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo, Baku, Doha and Prague. The price tag for the Rio Olympics 2016 at $9.7 billion has so far risen since August 2015 by 400 million reais (Brazilian Real) or 1% ($99.3 million) mainly due to inflation and the country's worst recession in decades.

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Wrestler Asnage Castelly Hopes To Win Olympic Medal for Haiti

Wrestler Asnage Castelly Hopes To Win Olympic Medal for Haiti

Here is a picture of Wrestler Asnage Castelly who wants to Win the First Olympic Medal for Haiti.

Haiti made its first appearance at the Olympic Games in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. Its first Olympic medal came in 1924 when Haiti's seven-member shooting team took third place in the free rifle competition. Haiti's second and last medal so far came in 1928; Silvio Paul Cator won a silver in long jump. For Asnage Castelly, it was not easy to turn his dream into reality. He is the first Haitian to compete in the World Wrestling Championship. At 37, Castelly is a Division II wrestler at American International in Springfield, Mass., who wrestles in both Freestyle, and Greco-Roman style. While serving in the U.S. military, he passed last few months bouncing between U.S.A and Haiti, coordinating his functions as the head of Haiti's wrestling federation and arranging his participation in the Olympic, the lone participant from Haiti in the Rio Olympic. He worked hard to convince Haitian officials that he is not only an American, he is also a Haitian and he has the ability and potential to represent Haiti in the Olympic Games. When he was a kid, his mum used to get upset with his habit of fighting. Castelly realized he could wrestle when he watched Olympic wrestling on TV. Presently, he is an assistant coach at the Nieves Wrestling Club and also coaches Springfield Technical Community College and he's in training himself.

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Boxer Dalodtz Fevry wants to represent Haiti at Olympic Games in Brazil

Boxer Dalodtz Fevry wants to represent Haiti at Olympic Games in Brazil

Here is Haitian boxer Dalodtz Fevry who is interested in representing Haiti at Olympic Games in Brazil. Haitian teen Dalodtz Fevry who is only 12 years old has a dream to bring an Olympic Medal to his Haitian parents. He is now working hard in order to represent Haiti at the Olympic games in Rio in boxing. The Olympic qualifying tournament is scheduled for June.

Dalodtz Fevry is a Haitian boxer who moved to Orlando with his family when he was only 12-year old. He has a cherished dream to represent his country Haiti in the Olympic game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first name of this bantamweight (116-125 pounds) boxer is pronounced as "Da-loots. He once said, "I want to achieve this for myself, my mom and my people.'' Recently, he came fourth in a preliminary tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To qualify himself for the Olympic, he needed to finish within the top three places at the qualifying matches in Baku, Azerbaijan. This 24 year old boxer with only five years experience has made it. On June 25, 2016, he came second in the Baku qualifying matches.

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2016 Haitian Olympic Swimming Team, Naomy Grand'Pierre

2016 Haitian Olympic Swimming Team, Naomy Grand'Pierre

Here is a picture of Naomy Grand'Pierre representing our country as a member of the 2016 Haitian Olympic Swimming Team.

Naomy Grand 'Pierre is a former Whitefield Academy swimmer. Last November, she was approached by Haitian authority if she would like to join its national team for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Haiti is what is known as a "universality place"; the nation can send one male and one female athlete to the world championships, but does not possess swimmers to match the Olympic qualifying speeds. Naomi's career best times recorded for different events are as follows: Freestyle (50/ 100 /200 yard): (24.47/ 52.91/ 2:01.71 seconds); Breaststroke (100/ 200 yard): (1:08.09 seconds & 2:31.73 seconds); & Butterfly 100 yard: 1:00.29 seconds. 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. She accepted Haiti's offer and has earned a spot on the Haitian Olympic swimming team at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2016, between August 5 to 21 2016. She is looking forward to represent her Atlanta Dolphin Swim Team and certainly the country of Haiti on one of the most prestigious stages of competition.

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Ruben Nicolas, Olympic dream to represent Haiti in boxing

Ruben Nicolas, Olympic dream to represent Haiti in boxing

Here is a picture of Ruben Nicolas who wants to represent Haiti ni boxing at the Olympic games in Brazil.

Rubens Nicolas, a Lely High School graduate in 2005, is an amateur boxer who never wants to give up his dream to represent his country, Haiti, in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, unfortunately, his passport issues might cost him his dream of boxing in the Olympic game. He had submitted every necessary paper that he was asked to, five months ago, but when everything resolved, the time was too late. Now he is expecting an admission with a wild card entry, which is on rare occasions, are given to participants from countries which do not have much participation or representation in the international arena and that does not hold good in his case. He is frustrated, because to fit in the right criteria, he has shredded 50 pound weight. He has no option, but to expect for an extenuation! We all pray for him and hope to see him in the ring in Rio between August 5 to 21 2016.

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Muhammad Ali, dead at 74

Muhammad Ali, dead at 74

Here is a picture of Muhammad Ali who dead at 74.

Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest of all Time, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion died on June 3, 2016. He had spent his last few days in a Phoenix-area hospital with respiratory complications. Muhammad Ali was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, on 17 January 1942. His career graph shows 61 fights over a professional career lasting 21 years with 56 wins, including 37 knockouts, 1 Light-heavyweight Olympic gold medal (Rome Olympic, 1960) and 3 times crowned World Heavyweight Champion, 31 straight wins before being beaten by Joe Frazier. Muhammad Ali means a lot to so many people all over the world. He will be remembered as a man who spoke his mind and never dared to go out of his way to be a kind, benevolent individual that really changed the world. Once Jesse Jackson, an American civil rights campaigner said, Ali had been willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles when he refused to serve in the Vietnam War. He refused to join U.S army against Vietnam, because he said, "My enemy is the white people, not the Vietcong or Chinese or Japanese. They oppose me when I want freedom, they oppose me when I want justice and equality." In protest against American racism, he threw his Olympic gold medal into a river.

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Jozy Altidore and the Copa America Matches

Jozy Altidore and the Copa America Matches

Haiti has been qualified and included in the Group B at the Copa America. Haiti's first match of the tournament was with Peru on Saturday, June 4th. Peru earned a 1-0 win over Haiti in the Group B opener at Century Link Field. The other three teams in the Group B are Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. In the second match, on June 8th, Brazil defeated Haiti by 7-1. Haiti will meet Ecuador on June 12th.

In last January, Jozy Altidore (his parents are from Haiti), hosted an evening of celebration with legendary supermodel Adriana Lima and fashion icon Kenneth Cole in New York and that raised more than $165,000 for St. Luke. Wynn Walent, the Assistant National Director of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti said, "Jozy's idea to show these matches resonated with us from the start. It is a great opportunity to bring people together and celebrate what is possible in Haiti. The St. Luke Foundation is grateful to partner with Jozy in this effort,"

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Jozy Altidore to Fund Broadcasting Cost For Copa America Matches To Haiti

Jozy Altidore to Fund Broadcasting Cost For Copa America Matches To Haiti

Jozy Altidore, the Toronto FC striker might not take part for the US national team at the Copa America Centenario due to a hamstring injury, but he came to the limelight with an important announcement this summer. Altidore and his foundation have teamed up with the St. Luke Foundation to deliver television coverage of all three (3) group-stage matches featuring both countries, United States and Haiti, as well as the tournament's semifinal games and championship, for a total of nine (9) matches at locations across the country. Large projection screens have been transported from Miami to Haiti, otherwise it would not be available to a vast majority of this impoverish nation. As part of their initiative, the St. Luke Foundation, a 100% Haitian run non-profit organization will arrange, host and supervise public watch parties for the games with provision for some foods and beverages. The St. Luke Foundation primarily provides education, medical care and dignified humanitarian outreach programs to more than 90,000 people per year in places that have been underserved by traditional service providers.

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