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Pan Arab Games
The Arab Games (Arabic: الألعاب العربية‎‎), also called the Pan Arab Games, 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.[1]
Pan Arab Games
AbbreviationPAG
First event26 July–10 August 1953, Alexandria, Egypt
Occur every4
Last event6–23 December 2011, Doha, Qatar
OrganizationUnion of Arab National Olympic Committees
History
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.
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 city of Alexandria from 26 July, – 10 August 1953. Eight Arab nations and Indonesia competed in the first Arab Games tournament.
The 2011 Games started in Doha on 9 December with the Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani inaugurating the event at the Khalifa International Stadium.[2]
Complications
Typically the games are to take place every four years; however, the last Arab Games were held in 2011 and because of the recent events in the Middle East the games have been postponed with no set date in sight. Initially Lebanon was set to host the 2015 XIII Pan Arab Games, but "withdrew because of the crisis in the Middle East".[3] Following Beirut's withdrawal Morocco was then chosen to host the games, but faced financial complications and also withdrew. "Mohamed Ouzzine, Morocco's Minister of Youth and Sports [at the time, wrote to] the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC) telling them that they would be withdrawing."[3]
The same year, Egypt volunteered to host the event. "Sheikh Khalid Al Zubair, chairman of the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC)" said, "We will be offering our full support to Egypt and we have also taken a decision to suspend the financial regulations and other requirements due to lack of time."[4] Had the UANOC accepted Egypt's proposition the games would have taken place in December 2015; however, no such event was held and there have been no formal statements made in regards to the possibility of future games.
Because of the current events in the Middle East there is no telling when the next Arab Games will take place or what country may host the games. If the UANOC keeps the same schedule for holding the games every four years the next games would have taken place in 2019 with an entirely new host country and no reference to the mishap of the 2015 Arab Games.
Editions
1953
1973, 1997
1965, 2007
1976, 1992
1999
1961
1985
2004
2011
Host cities of the Pan Arab Games
YearGamesHost nationHost cityDatesNationsCompetitorsSportsEventsTop on medal table
MenWomenTotal
19531
 Egypt
Alexandria26 July – 10 August965065010
 Egypt
19572
 Lebanon
Beirut13 – 27 October1091491412
 Lebanon
19613
 Morocco
Casablanca24 August – 8 September91127112711
 United Arab Republic*
19654
 United Arab Republic
Cairo2 – 14 September141500150013
 United Arab Republic**
19765
 Syria
Damascus6 – 21 October112174217418
 Syria
19856
 Morocco
Rabat24 August – 8 September17344218
 Morocco
19927
 Syria
Damascus4 – 18 September18261114
 Syria
19978
 Lebanon
Beirut13 – 27 July18325322
 Egypt
19999 JordanAmman15 – 31 August21550426
 Egypt
200410
 Algeria
Algiers24 September – 10 October22552532
 Algeria
200711
 Egypt
Cairo11 – 26 November22600032
 Egypt
201112 QatarDoha9 – 23 December[5]21600033
 Egypt
202113
 Iraq[6]
BaghdadDates TBA[7]
202514
 Lebanon
Beirut
Sports
37 sports were presented in the Pan Arab Games history.
SportYears
Athletics (details)
since 1953
Archery (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) (details)
since 1999
Camel racing (details)since 2007
Cue Sportssince 2011
Chess (details) (details)
since 1999
Cycling (details)
since 1957
Diving (details)
since ....
SportYears
Equestrian (details)
since 1957
Fencing (details)
since 1953
Finswimming (details)
since 1999
Football (details)
since 1953
Golf (details)
since 1985
Gymnastics (details)
since 1953
Handball (details)
since 1961
Judo (details)
since 1976
Karate (details)
since 1976
Kickboxing (details)
since 1999
Modern pentathlon (details)
since 2007
Rowing (details)
since 1957
SportYears
Sailing (details)
since 1985
Shooting (details)
since 1953
Squash (details)
since 1999
Surfing (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
Below is the medal table of the Arab Games tournaments, up until the 12th tournament 2011.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1
 Egypt (EGY)
5424093481299
2
 Syria (SYR)
279228282789
3
 Tunisia (TUN)
257210274741
4
 Morocco (MAR)
255220257732
5
 Algeria (ALG)
217253290760
6
 United Arab Republic (UAR)
1227449245
7
 Lebanon (LIB)
78119123320
8
 Iraq (IRQ)
77116151344
9 Qatar (QAT)657285222
10 Jordan (JOR)639679238
11
 Saudi Arabia (KSA)
5585115255
12 United Arab Emirates (UAE)26294297
13 Bahrain (BHR)24192770
14 Kuwait (KUW)20234689
15 Libya (LBA)18264286
16 Sudan (SUD)16352980
17 Oman (OMN)14142250
18 Palestine (PLE)5296094
19
 Yemen (YEM)
571527
20
 Djibouti (DJI)
1214
21
 Somalia (SOM)
0415
22 Comoros (COM)0000
 Mauritania (MTN)
0000
Totals (23 nations)2139207023386547
* The United Arab Republic (1958–1971) contains 2 countries Egypt & Syria.
** Yemen including North Yemen and South Yemen.
See also
References
  1. ^ "12th Pan Arab Games in Doha". Marhaba. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Mackay, Duncan (17 October 2014). "Pan Arab Games 2015 in doubt after Morocco pull out over financial fears". Insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  4. ^ Mackay, Duncan (2 March 2015). "Egypt set to host 2015 Arab Games after two countries withdraw". Insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  5. ^ UANOC amends the time-schedule of Pan Arab Games 2011 Archived 30 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine published by the Qatar Olympic Committee on 6 March 2011; retrieved 10 March 2011
  6. ^ "Iraq set to host 2021 Arab Games for first time in history". Kurdistan 24. 24 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Postponement of the Arab Games scheduled for Baghdad 2021". Teller Report. 9 February 2021.
Bell, Daniel (2003). Encyclopedia of International Games. McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina. ISBN 0-7864-1026-4.
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