Tunisian Oasis Race – 4

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.


Hassan Ahmed from Sfax is he only person to win the race three times. After competing it took him two months to recover from the race and for this reason he only competed every other year. He described his training as follows:

“To train for the Oasis Classic, I ran for 10 hours a day, six days a week for six months. At the end of this time if I wasn’t injured I knew I was ready for the race. I would train by carrying a bike at all times and ten kilograms of water in a rucksack. I would need 5,000 calories per day during this time. On my day of rest, my wife made me do the gardening.”

Such a gruelling race has had plenty of casualties of course and the Red Crescent is always on hand to revive ailing athletes. In 1990 the salt sea was covered in water but only to a depth of five inches in places; however the water looked deeper and so some athletes dived in thinking they could swim some of the way and ended up concussing themselves.

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