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Sport in Mauritius

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Mauritius’ history as a colonised country has influence the populations’ sporting interests and the type of activities practised. Football is without a doubt the most popular sport to date. The English Premier League overtakes by far its own homegrown Premier League and the national football team is called Club M.

Horse racing is a passion that runs deep with its horse race track the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere. However there are other sports that Mauritians do enjoy such as athletics, basketball, boxing, cycling, judo, kickboxing and volleyball to mention some.

Considering the nation’s size, Mauritius has done well on the regional and international stage especially, on the athletics track (100, 200 and 400 metres).
Mauritius also has hosted various international sporting events such as the Indian Ocean Island Games in 1985 and 2003.

British ColonisationHer blond hair dripping with salt water, top Austrian kitesurfer Gabi Steidl cuts through the translucent, emerald green waves of the Indian Ocean.

British ColonisationKitesurfing is one of the sports that is most fascinating to man. Maybe it comes from the impression of lightness expressed through the kiter's easy jump: that sends them flying. The smallest breeze is captured by the sail that spreads over the kiter who rides freely and soundlessly above the water.

British ColonisationMauritius is home to one of the oldest golf courses in the Southern Hemisphere, and the fourth oldest course in the world, the Gymkhana golf course, located in Vacoas in the central region of the island and created in 1902. However golf has only really grown in popularity in Mauritius since the opening of the first golf course for tourists at Le Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort and Spa in Le Morne in the mid-1990s. This 18-hole course often claims to be one of the most beautiful with its spectacular backdrop of magnificent mountains and fairways that line the shoreline of the stunning bay.