Pan Arab Games

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Arab Games
دورة الألعاب العربية
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First event 1953 Egypt Alexandria
Occur every Four years
Last event 2011 Qatar Doha
Purpose Multi-sport event for nations in the Arab world.
Organization UANOC

The Arab Games (Arabic: دورة الألعاب العربية‎) are a regional multi-sport event held between nations from the Arab world. They are organized by the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees. The first Games took place in 1953 in Alexandria, Egypt. Intended to be held every four years since, political turmoil as well as financial difficulties have made the event an unstable one. Women were first allowed to compete in 1985.

History[edit]

The Arab Games were the brainchild of Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam, the first General Secretary of the Arab League (1945–1952). In 1947, Azzam submitted a memorandum to the League, advocating a multi-sport tournament which involved the participation of all Arab countries.

According to Azzam, sport serves as the best way to connect the youth of Arab countries and enable them to build the future of the Arab identity. As a common favorite of young individuals, sports tournaments encourage them to reach out across boundaries, bond with fellow Arabs, and eliminate differences among them. In the same vein, Azzam announced that the youth of the larger Arab nation is eager to gather all the dispersed Arab sports in an annual tournament which will be held in one of the Arab cities.

From then onwards, the youth of the Arab nations began to look forward to the Arab Games as a means of uniting them on social and spiritual platforms.

However, the Arab Games tournament did not gain official approval until 1953, when Ahmed El Demerdash Touny, an Egyptian national and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), managed to convince the concerned parties within the Arab League that an Arab Games tournament would be instrumental to the overall success of the Arab identity. In response to Touny’s proposal, the Arab League agreed on establishing the Arab Games, making Egypt the first country to organise an Arab Games tournament, which was held in the scenic and culturally rich city of Alexandria from July 26, – August 10, 1953. Eight Arab nations and Indonesia competed in the first Arab Games tournament.

2011 Games[edit]

The 2011 Games started in Doha on December 9 with the Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani inaugurating the event at the Khalifa International Stadium.[1]

Editions[edit]

Year Games Host Dates Nations Competitors Sports Top Country On Medal Table
Men Women Total
1953 I Egypt Alexandria July 26 – August 10 9 650 --- 650 10  Egypt
1957 II Lebanon Beirut October 13 – 27 10 914 --- 914 12  Lebanon
1961 III Morocco Casablanca August 24 – September 8 9 1127 --- 1127 11  United Arab Republic*
1965 IV United Arab Republic Cairo September 2 – 14 14 1500 --- 1500 13  United Arab Republic**
1976 V Syria Damascus October 6 – 21 11 2174 --- 2174 18  Syria
1985 VI Morocco Rabat August 24 – September 8 17 3442 18  Morocco
1992 VII Syria Damascus September 4 – 18 18 2611 14  Syria
1997 VIII Lebanon Beirut July 13 – 27 18 3253 22  Egypt
1999 IX Jordan Amman August 15 – 31 21 5504 26  Egypt
2004 X Algeria Algiers September 24 – October 10 22 5525 32  Algeria
2007 XI Egypt Cairo November 11 – 26 22 6000 32  Egypt
2011 XII Qatar Doha December 9 – 23[2] 21 6000 33  Egypt
2015 XIII Lebanon Beirut Future event
Host cities of the All-Africa-Games

Sports[edit]

36 sports were presented in the Pan Arab Games history.

Sport Years
Athletics (details) since 1953
Badminton (details) since 1999
Basketball (details) since 1953
Bodybuilding (details) since 1999
Boxing (details) since 1953
Bowling (details) since 2007
Bridge (details) since 1999
Camel riding (details) since 2007
Chess (details) since 1999
Cycling (details) since 1957
Diving (details) since ....
Sport Years
Equestrian (details) since 1957
Fencing (details) since 1953
Football (details) since 1953
Golf (details) since 1985
Gymnastics (details) since 1953
Handball (details) since 1961
Judo (details) since 1976
Karate (details) since 1976
Kick boxing (details) since 1999
Modern pentathlon (details) since 2007
Rowing (details) since 1957
Sport Years
Sailing (details) since 1985
Shooting (details) since 1953
Squash (details) since 1999
Swimming (details) since 1953
Table tennis (details) since 1976
Taekwondo (details) since 1997
Tennis (details) since 1961
Volleyball (details) since 1957
Water polo (details) since 1961
Weightlifting (details) since 1953
Wrestling (details) since 1953

All-time medal table[edit]

Below is the medal table of the Arab Games tournaments, up until the 12th tournament 2011.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Egypt 542 409 348 1299
2  Syria 279 228 282 789
3  Tunisia 257 210 274 741
4  Morocco 255 220 257 732
5  Algeria 217 253 290 760
6  United Arab Republic* 127 24 54 205
7  Lebanon 78 119 123 320
8  Iraq 77 116 151 344
9  Qatar 65 72 85 222
10  Jordan 63 96 79 238
11  Saudi Arabia 55 85 115 255
12  United Arab Emirates 26 29 42 97
13  Bahrain 23 24 39 86
14  Kuwait 20 23 46 89
15  Libya 18 26 42 86
16  Sudan 16 35 29 80
17  Oman 14 14 22 50
18  Palestine 5 29 60 94
19  Yemen** 5 7 15 27
20  Djibouti 1 2 1 4
21  Somalia 0 4 1 5
22  Comoros 0 0 0 0
 Mauritania 0 0 0 0
** Yemen including North Yemen and South Yemen.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Bell, Daniel (2003). Encyclopedia of International Games. McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina. ISBN: 0-7864-1026-4.

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