Sport in Mauritius
Mauritius is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean off the coast southeast of the African continent. A former territory of the United Kingdom, many of the modern traits of the country has a large influence from the UK including sports.
The national sport of Mauritius is football and its most popular sport to date. The national football team is called the Club M and represents the country in international matches. They became a member of FIFA in 1962 and Confederation of African Football in 1963.
Football has had a tumultuous history in Mauritius mostly due to changes in leadership which then causes many changes in the management of the games, not to mention the constant problem of financial shortages. But with all these taken into consideration, football remains the national passion.
There are other sports that Mauritians do enjoy such as athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, bodybuilding, cycling, handball, judo, karate, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, and weightlifting. Even horseracing is very popular that dates back in the early 19th century when their race stadium Champ de Mars Racecourse was opened to the public. Mauritius also has hosted various international sporting events such as the Indian Ocean Island Games which they did twice (1985 and 2003).
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Mauritius. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.
Popular sports of Mauritius
- Football (Soccer), athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, bodybuilding, cycling, handball, judo, karate, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, and weightlifting, horseracing.
Mauritius Sporting Success
Athletes from Mauritius
Mauritius Sports trivia
Mauritius at major events
Past sporting events hosted in Mauritius
- 1985 Indian Ocean Island Games
- 2003 Indian Ocean Island Games
Upcoming sporting events in Mauritius
Annual sporting events held in Mauritius
Sporting Facilities in Mauritius
- Champ de Mars Racecourse