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Major Sports of Palestine




Palestine sports has passed through various difficult phases. Sports in Palestine is a major source of entertainment for a country, which is otherwise in the midst of continuous political turmoils and wars. Palestinian football as a sport in enjoyed, liked and played by everybody.

The First Phase of Palestine sports is generally the stepping stone in the path of Palestinian sport. Under the Turkish influence the common traditional sports were, horse race, running, field and track games like wrestling and swimming and other games. The British influence helped to introduce sports in the Palestine schools. Different sports clubs in Palestine were established. Palestinian football gained maximum popularity during this period. In spite of the unstable political situation in the country and lack of proper training facilities, these clubs tried their best to develop various kinds of field and track games. Games like boxing, weight lifting, wrestling, football, basket ball, ping pong and tennis became popular.

Outstanding sports club were established in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa. The Al Dajani club, the Orthodox clubs, Al Ahli club and the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) were popular clubs. The formation of Palestinian Olympic Committee in 1934 was a significant landmark in the sporting history of Palestine. Braving all the odds and obstacles, Palestine in Olympics have been able to to make a mark in the Summer Olympics of 1996, 2000 and also 2004.






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