The Principality of Monaco has long been a venue of great sporting, artistic and cultural events at an international level.
Of worldwide fame are the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Tennis Open, the Monaco Classic Week of sailing, the Boxing Championship, the Herculis of Athletics, the Soccer Championships with AS Monaco, the Monte Carlo Rally, the Monaco Jumping, the Golf Tournament and swimming's Mare Nostrum.
Monaco is also the headquarters of the IAAF – International Athletics Federation, the UIM – International Powerboat Union, the ATP and WTA – Professional Tennis Association (Europe), and the International Union of Modern Pentathlon and Biathlon.
Furthermore Monaco's Princely family supports sporting activities with special interest. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has always had a passion for sports and has participated at the Olympics 5 times with the Bobsleigh. HSH Princess Charlene has been an international and Olympic swimming champion.
Princess Stephanie’s son, Louis Ducruet, is developing a career in the sport management, his sister, Pauline Ducruet, has participated in competitive diving.
Charlotte Casiraghi, Princess Caroline's daughter, takes part in international show jumping competitions and her younger sister Alexandra of Hanover competes in artistic skating events. All of this has led to the Principality being an important crossroads of the sporting world.