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Sport is all forms of competitive physical activity which,[1] through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve

physical fitness and provide entertainment to participants.

Sport in childhood, shown above, is a team sport which also provides opportunities to nurture physical fitness and social interaction skills

MAURITIUS ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION MAURITIUS BADMINTON ASSOCIATION MAURITIUS BASKETBALL FEDERATION MAURITIUS BILLIARDS & SNOOKER FEDERATION FEDERATION OF THE BODY BUILDERS ASSOCIATION Association Mauricienne De Boxe National Boxing Centre FEDERATION MAURICIENNE DE BOXE FRANAISE SAVATE ET DISCIPLINES ASSIMILEES FEDERATION MAURICIENNE DE CYCLISME MAURITIAN EQUESTRIAN SPORTS FEDERATION MAURITIUS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION MAURITIUS GOLF FEDERATION MAURITIUS HANDBALL ASSOCIATION MAURITIUS JUDO JUJITSU FEDERATION AND ASSOCIATED DISCIPLINES C/o DOJO GRNO ALL MAURITIUS KARATE FEDERATION FEDERATION MAURICIENNE DE KICKBOXING ET DISCIPLINES ASSIMILEES

KYOKUSHINKAI MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION MAURITIUS ASSOCIATION DE PETANQUE DE L'ILE MAURICE RUGBY UNION MAURITIUS

Like in any other place, sports are of primordial importance in the life of Mauritians in terms of the health benefits that they provide as well as the role that they play in maintaining social peace. The Ministry of Youth and Sports is the responsible body for the promotion of sports on the island as well as providing all the necessary infrastructures. Though a small remote island, sportsmen and women in Mauritius have been to international games such as the Olympic games and one of the local, Bruno Julie, even got the bronze medal in boxing in 2008 (Beijing). Physical education is crucial in Mauritius and it is a compulsory part of the educational system during the whole of secondary education. All secondary schools thus have facilities such as football and volleyball grounds for sports practice. The youngsters are thus made to enjoy sports as from an early age and they even go further as to represent the island in regional games. Amongst the sports practised in Mauritius are the common ones such as football, volleyball, badminton, boxing, athletics, swimming, handball, tennis, basketball, wrestling etc. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Mauritius has won its first Olympic medal. Bruno Julie a boxer has won the bronze medal. However Mauritius is quite competitive at regional level(inter-Ile) in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius collected some golds, silver and bronze medals in the Jeux des Iles de l'Ocan Indien (JIOI).[2] The second and the fifth edition were hosted by Mauritius in 1985 and 2003 respectively.