By Farah Samti | Dec 23 2011Africa , african , African Champions , African Confideration of Football , athlete ,
Tunisian World and OlympicÂ swimming champion, Oussama Mellouli, was chosen on December 22nd asÂ Sportsman of the Doha Pan Arab Games. He won 14 gold medals at the 12th quadrennial Pan ArabÂ Games competitionÂ in Doha Qatar, whichÂ began December 6th and will end today.
Mellouli participated in all 14 swimming events, (13 of which he won)Â while beingÂ disqualified from the 100m breaststroke for exceedingÂ 15Â meters underwaterÂ at the startÂ of the race (aÂ punishableÂ foulÂ according toÂ international regulations). Thanks to Mellouli’s achievement, Tunisia became the leader on the medals’ table for the swimming eventsÂ of the Doha Pan Arab Games -Â beating Egypt with 17 gold medals.
Tunisian soccer also receivedÂ recognitionÂ throughÂ Oussama Darragi, whoÂ was honored as theÂ Best Local Soccer Player by the Confederation of AfricanÂ Football (or CAF). Winners of theÂ CAF Awards were revealed yesterdayÂ at a galaÂ held at the banquet roomÂ of the StadiumÂ HouseÂ in Ghana. Darragi’s team, EspÃ©rance Sportive Tunisienne (or EST), was also chosen as theÂ Best African Team of 2011.
Additionally, the Tunisian basketball team,Â Etoile Sportive du Sahel (ESS), won the 26th African Cup title. The Tunisian victory (82 to 60)Â dethroned the previous champions, the AngolanÂ Primero d’Agosto, in SalÃ© Morocco on December 21st.