The history of physical education and sport in the Libyan Arab Republic

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Ali Khalifa El-Hinshiri (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Tony Ladd

Abstract: The purpose of this study was an historical analysis of the development of physical education and sport in the Libyan Arab Republic from the earliest recorded references to the present day. The historical method of research was used to collect and describe data. In the early history of Libya there was ample evidence that physical activities, of a rudimentary nature, were an essential aspect of life. The first organized sport, however, did not appear until after 1920 with the formation of the Italian sport federation. Sport competitions and clubs gradually increased in number and type particularly after the proclamation of independence in 1952 when the Central Sports League was established. The sport movement gained momentum in the 1960s with the formation of the Libyan Olympic Committee which provided leadership, organization and financial aid. Between 1960 and 1975 there was a dispersion of sports activities to all parts of the country as mass participation became a reality. The most popular mass sports were soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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