The celebration of the European Week of Sport in Wallis and Futuna, thousands of kilometres away from continental Europe, shows how no matter the distance nothing prevents people from practicing sports.
This week holds a special significance in a territory particularly affected by non-communicable diseases, and with obesity touching more than 60% of the population.
Local public services, sports associations and citizens from both islands organised several activities to promote sport in a warm and familiar atmosphere.
Local associations such as the Femmes et Sports association (AFS) and the Jeunesse Football Uvea association (AFJU) chose to open their activities to the public.
Others such as the association A VAKA HEKE or the local basketball league focused on promoting physical activity among the adult and senior population.
Wallisian and Futunan citizens had the chance to practice many sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, Pilates, yoga, oriental dance, muscle strengthening, va'a (traditional Polynesian canoe), and stand-up paddle.
Even though the week has ended, the collectivity will continue to work with regional sporting federations and associations to gradually reduce obesity in the islands, and encourage their inhabitants to #BeActive!