Arabs seeking Olympic glory: a look at their checkered medal past

Published July 29th, 2012 - 12:16 GMT

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Egypt's enters the Olympics this year in 20 events
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Image 1 of 10: Egypt - the shining light of the Middle East whether in film, learning or revolutions is also, it turns out, the seat of sport triumphs in the Games: So far the Land of the Pharaohs have clocked up 24 medals: 7 gold, 7 silver,10 bronze Rooting for Egypt this year, you've got 20 chances for Gold as they're entered for 20 sporting events.

Saudi Arabia is entering 5 Olympic events London 2012
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Image 1 of 10: KSA has accrued 2 medals having participated in 8 summer Games: 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze: And they have a chance to more than double that figure if they strike lucky in their competition this year. Saudi Arabia is down for 5 sporting events.

Lebanon enters London Olympics in 7 events
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Image 1 of 10: Lebanon: This tiny East Mediterranean country in spite of the set-back of a 15-year Civil War has still managed to get more medal success than other neighbors in the region. The plucky proud Cedar state has earnt 4 medals: 0 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze. Will this year's 7 sporting events suffice to give 'Liban' a lucky 7 in the medal count?

Qatar goes for broke in London entered in 4 events
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Image 1 of 10: Qatar home of flagship Al Jazeera Sport, bagged 2 medals in past runs: 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 2 Bronze, and hopes to at least double this accomplishment by scoring a couple of spoils this year in London. Will 4 sporting events supply chance enough to convert events into metals for the host of World Cup 2022? Sport is the king of Surprises.

Algeria is a sporting nation that strives to boost its medal count in London 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Algeria the vast Maghreb country can boast an impressive 14 medals in its time: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze: This year sees them try their luck in a dozen events. They have a healthy chance to boost their record as 39 athletes play for medals.

Sudan enters 2 events at London Olympics 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Sudan wants to add feathers to a limited cap so far of a single medal: 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 0 Bronze. This Summer sees Sudan attempt to up its medal count, fielding 6 athletes in a couple of events - so a narrow window of opportunity. Perhaps it feels the blow of losing its southern representation who are entering autonomously this historic year.

Syria tries to gain medals while losing friends at London 2012 Games.
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Image 1 of 10: Syria cuts its losses: tries to score medals as it loses friends globally. With a history of 3 medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze, 7 events give the beleagured nation a chance of success in bleak times. Athletes (submitted against the political odds) in the Opening Ceremony sported pro-Ba'athist regime regalia, against Olympic regulations.

Morocco strives to win medals at London 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Morocco - the Maghreb Kingdom is home to a good 21 medals: 6 Gold, 5 Silver, 10 Bronze. This year the Moroccans have a dozen shots at more medals to the healthy stock of achievement in sport. Their 67 athletes include their football team as one of the 12 sports categories.

UAE aims for Gold again at London 2012
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Image 1 of 10: UAE: This emirate off the Arabian peninsula has a limited Olympic repertoire so far. 1 medal, but a Gold at that: 1 Gold, 0 Silver, 0 Bronze. 6 events could be enough to multiply its triumphs two-fold. So root for those golden Emiratis!

Tunisia
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Image 1 of 10: Tunisia: the pioneer country is 7 medals and a revolution up already, should try to lead the Arab world to more victories. With a medley of 17 sporting events to chose from, the 83 athletes will seek to boost their medal count and hopefully the support for athletes available in the new 'democratic' country.

After the weekend of the Opening Ceremony and flag parades starring Arab entries to the London Games, we look at Arab achievements in Olympic-terms to date. We take stock of medals gained, and success delivered by Arab athletics and tot up the Arab world's collective and individual medal count historically.  From the Olympic's Arab inception in Stockholm 1912, 100 years ago, until Beijing 2008, we borrow from a CNN report in Arabic to bring you the figures and facts. 

Of course in the Arab world, where states and countries were not established according to today's demarcations and autonomies until the mid-20th century, some countries (unlike of course Egypt who pioneered the Arab entry to the Games in 1912) did not enter until much later. It is not a level playing field. World Wars, amongst other sports spoilers, have put a spanner in the works of Olympic Games leading to cancellations, and, regionally, Arab nations were impeded from entering by chaos at home.

These Summer Olympic Games in London 2012 have witnessed a stoking in Arab pride as we see the first women from Saudi competing and Syrian athletes coming out to 'play' in spite of a terrible home-front.

Some countries are ommitted on the grounds that they lack an Olympic 'record' to date so to speak. Jordan, Yemen and Iraq amongst other Arab states who are all fielding a decent athletic delegation at London 2012, are still to achieve their sporting worth in metal. Perhaps 2012 -- the year of Arab Spring advances - could be the year for Arabs to write history in the sporting arena as well. 

So far, while Arabs have been out in numbers at the flag parades, they have not been so visible at the medal ceremonies. Will 2012 put more Arabs on the Olympic map?

According to a CNN report, from Stockholm 1912 until Beijing 2008, the Arab delegations have racked up 79 medals in total: 21 Gold; 21 Silver; 37 Bronze. Unfortunately for Arab pride this medallion count is as much as some of the more accomplished sporting countries collect in one Olympic competition!
 
 
 

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