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The 8th Pan Arab Games were held in Beirut, Lebanon between July 12 and July 27, 1997. 3253 athletes from 18 countries participated in events in 22 sports.
Over 50,000 people gathered in the Sports City in Beirut for the opening ceremony of the eighth Pan-Arab games, the first such event to be hosted by Lebanon since forty years.
Ramzy Al Duhami won the gold medal in the individual event.
The football tournament was won by Jordan, defeating Syria 1–0 in the final.