Sport in Tunisia


Football is Tunisia’sfavourite sport andmen often gatherin large groups to watchmatches live on TV.Another popular sportis the annual DakarRally, which frequentlypasses through the Tunisian desert on itsroute from Europe to Senegal. Since thelate 1960s, Tunisian athletes have often


THE FIRST PARIS–DAKAR Rallybegan on 26 November,1978, with 170 entrants. Nowthe event is known as theDakar Rally and traditionallystarts on 1 January, in France.Each year the route of therally, split into severalsections, is changed, but italways leads through roughterrain and across the Saharansands. The last time the rallypassed through Tunisia was in2003 when two of the legstook in Tunis, Tozeur and El-Borma.


HANDBALL IS A game played on a court similar to that used in squash. It is popular in Tunisia and receives plenty of TV and press coverage. The men’s team has participated several times in world championships and the Olympic Games, and Tunisia continually ranks among the world’s leading teams. The country will host the Handball Championships in 2005.


TUNISIA HAS MANY talented athletes. In 2001 the country hosted the Mediterranean Games. The most famous runner in Tunisia is Mohammed Gammoudi. Born in 1938, he became a national celebrity after winning medals in three consecutive Olympic Games. In 1964 he won a silver medal in Tokyo in the 10,000-m race.
At the Olympic Games in Mexico City four years later, he picked up a gold medal for the 5,000 m, and then took a silver at the 1972 Munich Olympics for the same distance.
Tunisian runners have also achieved numerous successes in world championships and excel in medium- and longdistance running.

Other sports

IN 2001, during the Judo World Championships held II in Korea, Anisa Lounife became the first Muslim
woman to win a gold medal at judo. In recent years swimming has been gaining popularity in Tunisia.
Oussama Mellouli was voted Tunisia’s Athlete of the Year in 2003 after winning a bronze medal in the 400-m
medley at Barcelona’s world championships. The 19-yearold was the first Tunisian to stand on the winners’podium for a world-ranking swimming event.

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