Here there sports fans, in a state of withdrawal now that the 2008 Olympic Games are over? Fear not, as Jordan, for the first time, is hosting the 17th Pan-Arab Scholastic Games – the largest Arab gathering of school sports.
Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah, this event runs from August 20 to September 1, this athletic competition will bring together over 2,000 athletes from 18 Arab countries where they will compete in several sports events including:
- football (soccer)
- table tennis
According to the Jordan Times:
Minister of Education Tayseer Nueimi said the fact that Jordan was chosen for the event demonstrates the country’s ability to host such high calibre sports tournaments, underlining that the Kingdom’s teams had been given all forms of support to prepare for the Games.
Director of the Arab League’s Youths and Sports Department Hani Mustafa said that Jordan was known for good organisation, hoping the Games would be a success. Fathi Idriss, deputy secretary of the Arab Physical Fitness and School Sports Association, commended the big effort undertaken by the Kingdom to prepare for the tournament.
Participating nations, other than Jordan, include Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Comoros, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon.
Now if they’d just update the English version of the Jordanian Ministry of Education website, I might be able to link up with more information (or perhaps I should just finish learning Arabic and start healing web sites over there).
What I have been able to scrape together is that events are free, held from 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM in Amman and that the Jordanian Olympic Committee can be contacted for further information at:by