Sporting in Antigua

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Antigua’s climate is very favourable to many sports, not least cricket, for which the West Indies is probably the best known. Football is also a popular sport in the region: Trinidad’s Soca Warriors and Jamaica’s Reggae Boys have made it to two Football World Cups – Antigua has yet to reach that summit but continues to play with great enthusiasm against island teams as well as having a league of its own. Horseracing in Antigua and Barbuda attracts large, enthusiastic crowds and is well worth watching. Competitors come from neighbouring islands to join in the fun and excitement. Volleyball (including beach volleyball), basketball and netball also have their passionate enthusiasts, and Antigua hosts an international tennis week each year in January (Antigua’s Minister of Tourism, John Maginley, is himself a former Antiguan tennis champion).
Watersports include kitesurfing and windsurfing (Antigua has two former Olympic champions in this sport too) and for the last two years, Antigua has been the destination for a group of rowers crossing the Atlantic singly or in pairs for various charities. The same can be said for other sports, such as sailing, which attracts entrants to the various regattas from all over the world. With its pleasant climate, tradewinds and its clear turquoise waters, it is easy to see why Antigua is not just a tourist destination: it is a serious sporting one too.

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