Friday, November 16, 2007

Lebanon's Pride at the Pan-Arab Games

Katia el Halabi of Lebanon celebrates after winning the all around gold medal at the women's gymnastics competition during the Pan Arab Games in Cairo November 15, 2007. (REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani)

Mabrouk Katia!!

And speaking of the Pan-Arab Games,

Lebanon will host the 12th Pan-Arab Games which is set to be held in 2011, Egypt's official news agency reported Monday.

The decision was made by the executive office of the Arab ministers of youths and sports, said the report.

Now that'll be a show! I wonder if we'll have a national team and a Hizballah team alongside it - not part of it mind you [as no one would think of forcibly integrating Hizballah's athletic wing into the national athletic forces].


  1. Great news, but i wonder how many competitors she had. Most Arab countries won't let their women participate in those outfits. Ah well, more chance for the Lebanese:-)

  2. Haha, thats a good point I suppose. But we shouldn't take anything away from Katia, there would have been the Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians and North Africans [Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, Libya?] there at least.

    So you know, thats still a lot of competition. Good work Katia!!

  3. Anonymous6:10 PM

    Hizballah or to be more accurate Hizbiran is non-arab and will not compete in Pan Arab Games ya BJ ;)

  4. Arabic Coffee Pot6:58 PM

    Hizballah or to be more accurate Hizbiran is non-arab and will not compete in Pan Arab Games

    What Hizballah is specifically is the Lebanese wing of the Pasdaran - so they are Arabs working for Iran.

    But they wouldn't compete because the Pan Arab Games are a tool of US interference!

  5. light burns2:26 AM

    Yeah Riemer... that's the Moroccan and Algerian women are top track medal contenders at every olympics...Maybe you can argue that they acquired their level of fitness by constantly running away from the men who try to put them in more restrictive outfits..

  6. Anonymous1:55 AM

    Riemer y do u have to be condescending?


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