The Tokyo Summer Olympics, postponed from last year due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, opened, and the current edition is witnessing the participation of more than 11,000 athletes from 205 countries for about two weeks.
The first appearance of the Arabs in the Olympic Games was not late, and, of course, they did not lag behind the Tokyo Olympics, where aspirations and ambitions vary between an attendance looking to climb to the podiums, or an “honorable participation” and registration in the largest sports forum on earth.
The curve of the number of Arab gold medals in the Olympics has fluctuated throughout history. There are periods of lean and other periods in which the Arabs dazzle the world.
Egypt, which is the first Arab country to participate in the Olympic Games (Stockholm 1912), tops the list of Arab countries with the most gold medals in the Summer Olympics, with 7 medals.
Morocco is in second place, with 6 golds, including a historic double in the Athens Olympics for legend and world record holder for the 1500m race, Hicham El Gharrouj. El-Groug won the 1500m and 5,000m gold medals in Athens.
Algeria came in third place with 5 gold medals, the first of which was for the runner, Hassiba Boumerka, in the 1992 Barcelona Games in the 1500m race.
Then Tunisia comes fourth, with a total of 4 gold medals.
Bahrain came as the first Arab Asian country, with two gold medals.
With one gold medal, Syria comes (for the heptathlon champion Ghada Shuaa in the 1996 tournament in Atlanta).
Then the Emirates with one gold, also achieved by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum, in the double hole shooting competition in the Athens Olympic Games.
Jordanian taekwondo player Ahmed Abu Ghosh also won his country’s only gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
While the record of Arab non-golden medals includes Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Djibouti, Sudan and Kuwait.
In general, throughout the history of the Olympic Games, Arabs have won 109 medals, including 27 gold, 27 silver and 55 bronze.