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Monaco, land of sport

Fontvieille

Monaco, land of sport

Since the second half of the nineteenth century, the sport was omnipresent in the principality.
 
The Prince Charles III and HSH the Prince Albert II realized how important the Sport was in term of education and reputation. Thanks to the unconditional help of the government, the sport federations and associations of Monaco developed a unique expertise in the organization of international sport events, placing Monaco in the center of the sport world map.

As Monaco Multisports

Football made the international reputation of AS Monaco but it is one of the most important multidisciplinary sport clubs in France.
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AS Monaco Football Club

It was in 1903, in Fontvieille that everything started. Along with their red and white striped jerseys, the pioneers evolve within the “Herculis Monaco” to integrate the “AS Monaco Omnisports” in 1924.Nine decades later, the AS Monaco Football became one of the best French and European club.
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70

sports associations

Are represented in the Principality of Monaco, 19 under AS Monaco Omnisports.

38

federations

There are 38 sports federations in Monaco, 16 are affiliated to the Monegasque Olympic Comitee.

109

years

The Monegasque Olympic Comitee was created in 1907 and was recognized in 1953 by the International Olympic Comitee.

Historique

Monaco at the forefront of sports

From the end of the XIX Century,at the image of the tennis tournament of Monte-Carlo created in 1897,the Principality became a land of sports,at the forefront of a trend that was going to take a phenomenal size during the following decade.

Long jumping demonstration on the Place du Palais,by the gymnastic Herculis Society.

1909/1937
From the end of the XIX Century,at the image of the tennis tournament of Monte-Carlo created in 1897,the Principality became a land of sports,at the forefront of a trend that was going to take a phenomenal size during the following decade.

On the 29th of February 1912,in a boxing stadium of 5000 seats constructed for the occasion,Monaco hosts the fight for the European championship of medium weights between Georges Carpentier(18 years old back then) and the British Jim Sullivan.

1909/1937
From the end of the XIX Century,at the image of the tennis tournament of Monte-Carlo created in 1897,the Principality became a land of sports,at the forefront of a trend that was going to take a phenomenal size during the following decade.

Dance demonstration on the shooting range of pigeons,that hosts the 1st Feminine Olympics of Monte-Carlo at the foot of the Casino.

1909/1937
From the end of the XIX Century,at the image of the tennis tournament of Monte-Carlo created in 1897,the Principality became a land of sports,at the forefront of a trend that was going to take a phenomenal size during the following decade.

Presentation of the
cup to the winners of
the fencing
tournament in 1930.

1909/1937
From the end of the XIX Century,at the image of the tennis tournament of Monte-Carlo created in 1897,the Principality became a land of sports,at the forefront of a trend that was going to take a phenomenal size during the following decade.

On the 16th of January
1932 at the occasion
of the National
Day,concert,dances
and gymnastic on the
Place du Palais

1909/1937
From the end of the XIX Century,at the image of the tennis tournament of Monte-Carlo created in 1897,the Principality became a land of sports,at the forefront of a trend that was going to take a phenomenal size during the following decade.

With the creation of the Monte-Carlo beach and the first developments of theLarvotto,the aquatic sports develop particularly in the Principality.

1909/1937

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Herculis nearly thirty years old

Since 1987, the best athletes have participated to the Herculis Meeting at the Stade Louis II.

In 2011, Usain Bolt has participated, one year before his second Olympic triple on 100m, 200m and 4×100 m relay. However his time 9.88 seconds was not the record of the length. It was still the property of Asafa Powell and his 9.82 seconds realized in 2008, but Justin Gatlin beat it in 2015, with a very speed race of 9.78 seconds. Voted Best meeting in the world in 2014, essential step of the Diamond league since 2010, Herculis will celebrate its 30 years in 2017

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The Games of the Small States of Europe

Since 1985, the Principality of Monaco participate, with eight other nations, to the the Games of the Small States of Europe

Pictured in the beginning of the 80’s and accepted in 1984 during the Los Angeles Olympic games, this international multisport competition, based on Olympism is open to every European country with less than one million inhabitants and affiliated to the Olympic European. The first edition took place in Saint-Marin in 1985. The Monegasques encounter their counterparts from Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Saint-Marin and since 2009 the Montenegro. The Principality was twice the organisator of the event with the Stade Louis II for principal theater, in 1987 and twenty years later in 2007. The 17th edition will take place from the 29th of May to the 3rd June 2017 in Saint-Marin, the 18th edition will take place in 2019 in Montenegro.

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« The Sportive Prince»

The Prince Albert 1rst was the « Savant Prince », the Prince Louis-II was called the « Soldier Prince » and the Prince Rainier III the « Builder Prince » HSH the Prince Albert II is without doubt the «Sportive Prince»

He has participated 5 times to the Winter Olympic Games in Bobsleigh (1988, 1992, 1994,1998,2002), but also to two Dakar Rallys (1985-1986)! Before practicing automobile sports and the « bob », Prince Albert II practiced many sports during his childhood, track & field, football, judo, tennis rowing, sailing, skiing, squash, swimming, modern pentathlon. Member of the IOC since 1985, president of the Monegasque’s federation of swimming (1983), track & field ( 1984) and modern pentathlon (1999), he is also the president of the Monaco Yacht Club (1984) and the Monegasque Olympic Committee (1994). Besides, the sovereign is also member of the Honorary Board of the Paralympic International Committee. Finally, he is the president of the charity « Peace and Sport » that use the sport as a peace tool and social stability in the most disfavored area in the world.