The Haitian sports culture may seem to lean decisively towards the world's sport, football, but recently, basketball has been finding a foothold in the country and, once upon a time, the sport of choice in the country was the now outlawed cockfighting. Today, football dominates the sporting arena, with hundreds of clubs dedicated to the sport on a local level all over the country. Still, Haitians play other types of sports including volleyball and a game little known outside of the country called Blagaball, which has its roots in baseball, and involves a stick for a bat and an orange for a ball.
Here is a picture of New York marathon. In 2013, the J/P HRO organization has decided to sponsor them to make a major Haitian representation at the New York Marathon for the first time.
New York marathon is the largest marathon in the world organized by New York Road Runners.
This popular race attracts many athletes annually
Adonis 'Superman' Stevenson has flown through Cloud to retain his title as the World Boxing Council's light-heavyweight champion after a longer than normal--for the Haitian born Canadian boxer--fight against America's Tavoris Cloud. In the match that went seven rounds before a bloodied and exhausted Cloud was given a reprieve in his loss, Stevenson claimed his ninth consecutive victory and upped his stats to 22-1. This win makes Stevenson's 19th win within the distance.
Soccer is considered "Sport Roi" or the King of sports for Haitians. Called foutbòl, the sports is being managed by the Fédération Haïtienne de Football which represents the governing body for football in Haiti.
The main stadiom to play football in haiti is Stade Sylvio Cator located in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian National team has made one memorable appearance at the FIFA World Cup, in 1974 in Germany
Our soccer may not be all that today, however, Haiti has one of the longest football traditions in the Caribbean
Signalling an outlook of hope after the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake, perhaps no group has come further than the soccer team, Zaryen, made up of all-amputee players, a first for Haiti. Showing signs of their success, the team scheduled their first ever tour to the United States, where they will visit New York and Washington D.C., hosting clinics and having matches, demonstrating their skill, perseverance and innovative use of prosthetics.
Haiti on Ice, as much anticipated as it was postponed, was finally put on for a run of four nights. The event which was originally planned for November of 2012, hit over twelve brick walls, ranging from a hurricane to the inability of the ice machine to function optimally in the hot climate. The team from Guadeloupe that put on the show was finally able to put on a 50 minute show which included performances from skaters from across the globe.
The 17 year old Victoria Duval, who took under her belt a recent win, her first ever at the US Open, in her first-round match against former Open winner Samantha Stosur, saw defeat within her second round, played against Daniela Hantuchova by 2-6, 3-6. Currently, her career records include 32-29 for singles and 4-3 for doubles. At still such a young age, Duval has ample time and the apparent drive to amass a few titles.
Here is a picture of the Haitian-American Tennis player Victoria Duval who managed to come up with an upset win over the 2011 champion Samantha Stosur during the US Open first round tennis tournament in 2013.
This was quite a victory and an accomplishment for the young Haitian-American tennis player who was a heavy underdog coming into the match against Stosur. Prior to this game, Samantha Stosur who is a former US Open champion, was ranked 11th in the world
Victoria Duval had to deal with two major issues in her life before the age of 17 when she actually became a superstar in tennis. She experienced the terror of being held hostage by a kidnap gang in Haiti. Also, her father almost lost his life during the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Victoria Duval was born in Miami on November 30, 1995 of Haitian family but spent most of her childhood in Haiti. She acquired most of her tennis skills Haiti while training at the JOTAC Tennis Academy in Port-au-Prince. She plays right-handed, with a two-handed backhand. Her coach is Nick Bollettieri.
Tire Machèt began as a tribal martial arts skill in the African Congo. When European invaders conquered Haiti, they began importing Congolese slaves, who brought Tire Machèt with them.
The slaves worked on plantations and finally decided to revolt against their masters. They used Tire Machèt as their weapon.
Tire Machèt has endured as a martial art due to the protection it had when Haiti became isolated from the rest of the world. Today, it is a sacred symbol of the Haitian Slave Revolt.
When Congolese slaves were brought to Haiti to work the plantations, they imported a tribal martial arts form, Tire Machèt.
On the eve of the Haitian Slave Revolt, Tire Machèt was resurrected as an inexpensive type of weaponry the rebel slaves could use to slaughter plantation owners.
When the Haitian Army saw the value of Tire Machèt, they quickly adopted it as a skill to be mastered in basic training.