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Caribbean Sports & Athletes!
Alleyne Francique of Grenada came in fourth place in the men’s 400 at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. His performance made him “the Island’s best-known athlete”. Since the Island won its independence from the United Kingdom in the 1970s, the Olympic team has not won an Olympic gold medal.Sports in Oceania – From Kiribati and Australia to Palau!
On December 4, 1988, in Sydney (Australia), Kiribati’s sprinter R. Ali Lee set a national record of 15.12 seconds in the women’s 100m. The Island of Kiribati -one of the world’s smallest countries- is one of the youngest members of the Olympic family.Sports in Belize – A Nation of Sports Lovers!
After its independence, on September 21, 1981, British Honduras became Belize and has competed in the international events -for example Olympics, World Championships, World University Games, Pan American Games and Central American and Caribbean Games- under that name. Like many countries and dependencies of the world, this English-speaking nation, located in Central America, has not won an Olympic medal.Sports in Thailand – Birthplace of Udomporn Polsak!
Weightlifter Udomporn Polsak became the first Thai woman to win an individual Olympic gold when she earned the Olympic title in the featherweight 53 kg class in 2004. Because of her example, dedication and contribution to the sports history of the Kingdom of Thailand, she is an idol in Bangkok, the nation’s capital.Nations of the World – Sports & Women!
Burma -or Myanmar- came in second place in the Women’s Weightlifting World Championships in Thailand, behind the People’s Republic of China. Burma -under one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships- had won 510 points, ahead of several nations, among them India (508), Russia (336) and Japan (249).Sports in Central America – Interesting Facts and Figures!
Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, hosted the Caribbean Boxing Tournament in 1984. Eight nations competed in the international event: Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the host country.Sports in Asia – From Brunei and India to Nepal!
By the late 1980s, Juan Antonio Samaranch, former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), arrived in Brunei Darussalam, one of the youngest members of the Olympic family. During his trip to the Sultanate of Brunei, Mr Samaranch visited many sports facilities. For the first time, Brunei, among the world’s richest countries, competed in the Olympics in 1984.Mexico – Sports & Women!
By 1968, Enriqueta Basilio made international headlines when she carried the Olympic flame into the stadium at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Mexico’s hurdler Basilio was the first woman to carry the Olympic flame.Sports in Honduras – Numbers & Curiosity Items!
Due to its anti-Soviet policy, Honduras, along with El Salvador and Colombia, boycotted the XIV Central American and Caribbean Games in Havana, Cuba, in the early 80s. At that time, Tegucigalpa had not diplomatic ties with Cuba and other Communist states.Middle East – Sports & Athletes
Toward the end of the 1940s, the men’s football team of Afghanistan came in 18th place in the Summer Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom. At the XIV Summer Games, Afghanistan –a country with serious domestic problems– lost 6-0 to Luxembourg. For the first time, soccer players from Afghanistan took part in an Olympic Tournament.Sports in Panama – Birthplace of Irving Saladino!
From 1967 to 1982, the Panamanian men’s basketball team was one of Latin America’s most successful squads. By virtue of its triumph in the Central American and Caribbean Tournament in 1967, in San Salvador (El Salvador), they qualified for the 19th Summer Olympics in the United Mexican States.