If you are visiting the island of Maio this summer, you may be interested in a programme of beach games being organised by the Câmara Municipal do Maio. During July and August the local authority will be organising a series of activities including football, volleyball and swimming.
The events will commence on 16 July with a beach football tournament. These beach games have become a regular event and are intended to create a series of fun activities for the young people of Maio. It will give them something to do during the summer and at the same time help the young people develop.
The activities will take place on the main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio.
Cape Verdean basketball player Edy Walter Tavares, playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League, was the Cavalier’s highest scorer in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The 25 year old player is 7’3″ (2.21m) tall and has a ‘wingspan’ of some 7’9″ (2.36m); he was born on the island of Maio, Cape Verde.
A gift from São João da Madeira a city in the Norte region of Portugal has recently arrived in Maio. The delivery includes sports equipment, school equipment and toys. The intention being to improve sporting facilities and activities on the island. The links between São João da Madeira and Maio started in the 1990’s.
Cape Verde has won its first ever medal in the Paralympic Games. Gracelino Tavares Barbosa won a bronze medal in the 400m T20 race in Rio de Janeiro. Gracelino, 31, was delighted to have been the first Cape Verdean to win a Paralympic medal. First place went to a Brazilian and second place to a Venezuelan. He is now hopeful that his success will encourage other people with a disability, not only in Cape Verde but also in the rest of Africa, to take up a sport. The President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, telephoned the athlete to congratulate him.