The constant political problems in the area generated a regularity in the celebration; nevertheless they are sill celebrated with great success. Taekwondo made its debut during the VIII Games in Beirut, Lebanon.
It is important to mention that women could not compete until 32 years later, when the Pan Arab Games held in Rabat, Morocco in 1985.
In this 12th edition the main venue was the Khalifa International Stadium in the city of Doha. It is worth mentioning that it is the first time Qatar hosts as a sporting event.
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