2011 Pan Arab Games

The 2011 Arab Games is the 12th quadrennial Pan Arab Games and took place in Doha, Qatar from December 6 to 23, 2011.[1] This was the first time that the country had hosted the multi-sport event. Khalifa International Stadium was the main venue for the competition.

2011 Arab Games
Host city Doha
Nations participating21
Athletes participating8,000 (est.)
Events28
Opening ceremony9 December
Closing ceremony23 December
Officially opened byHamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Main venueKhalifa International Stadium
<  2007 Cairo
Doha
Location of Doha in Qatar.

Preparation

Host selection

Qatar was awarded rights to organise the games beating Lebanon in the bidding process.[2][3][4] Arab Federation for Sports secretary general Othman al-Saad said that Qatar's hosting of the Pan-Arab Games would give the event "more momentum and significance in light of the huge capabilities and world-class sports facilities which Qatar owns."[5]

Khalifa International Stadium was chosen to be the focal point of the games, hosting the opening ceremonies, while the closing ceremonies were held on Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Mascot

Wathnan was designed as the mascot for the Games. It's a white horse, which is very important in Arabian culture.

Sports

Participation

Initially, all twenty-two nations of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees were scheduled to compete at the games.[6] However, Syria withdrew its team in November 2011 in protest of the Arab League's suspension of the country's membership.[7]

Medal table

  *   Host nation (Qatar)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Egypt (EGY)907667233
2 Tunisia (TUN)544539138
3 Morocco (MAR)352454113
4 Qatar (QAT)*323840110
5 Algeria (ALG)16314188
6 Saudi Arabia (KSA)15121845
7 Kuwait (KUW)14183163
8 Bahrain (BHR)12101537
9 Jordan (JOR)11142348
10 Iraq (IRQ)11133458
11 United Arab Emirates (UAE)1091635
12 Lebanon (LIB)851629
13 Oman (OMA)471021
14 Yemen (YEM)2237
15 Palestine (PLE)1258
16 Libya (LBY)1179
17 Djibouti (DJI)1113
18 Sudan (SUD)07714
19 Comoros (COM)0000
 Mauritania (MTN)0000
 Somalia (SOM)0000
Totals (21 nations)3173154271059

Paralympic Medal Standings

  *   Host nation (Qatar)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Tunisia (TUN)98320
2 Algeria (ALG)46212
3 Egypt (EGY)4408
4 Iraq (IRQ)4318
5 Morocco (MAR)42511
6 Libya (LBY)1326
7 Palestine (PLE)1146
8 Saudi Arabia (KSA)1113
9 Jordan (JOR)1034
10 United Arab Emirates (UAE)0033
11 Qatar (QAT)*0022
Totals (11 nations)29282683

References

  1. "General Schedule". 2011 Arab Games Doha. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  2. National Committee for co-ordinating Conferences and Events. Retrieved on 2010-07-13.
  3. Qatar awarded rights to host 12th Pan Arab Games in 2011 Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine published by the Qatar Olympic Committee on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  4. Qatar to host Pan Arab Games in 2011 published by Sports City on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  5. Doha first in the Persian Gulf region to host Pan-Arab Games Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Gulf Times (2008-10-07). Retrieved on 2010-07-13.
  6. (in Arabic) Participating countries. Doha 2011. Retrieved on 2010-07-13.
  7. Syria boycotts the Arab games in Qatar Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. Xinhua (2011-11-14). Retrieved on 2011-12-11.
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