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TUN/TUNISIA 

Tunisia is one of the leading nations in African Volleyball. The North African nation has attained the greatest number of Volleyball titles in all age categories in the continent. The national menís senior team has won most of the titles,most notably the 2003 African Nations Championship in Cairo, which gave the team the honour to be the African representative at the 2003 World Cup. However, things did not go exactly as planned for Tunisia in Japan as they failed to get their game together before bowing out of the competition in 11th place, just one spot higher than bottom side Egypt.

Volleyball is becoming more and more popular in Tunisia to the extent that it now competes with football for the position of the nationís favourite sport. This has been largely due to the excellent developmental programmes prepared by the Tunisian Volleyball Federation over the past two decades. The Federation originally opened the door for professional players from Africa and Europe to play in local competitions without limitations in order to enhance the skills and experience of local players. Since then foreign players have been limited to only two per team to give local players more of a chance of competing.

Strict rules were also put in place by the Tunisian Federation for local clubs in order to promote Volleyball and the country is now reaping the dividends. The admirable performances of the Tunisian players in international championships has seen many talented players, including the likes of Noureddine Hfaiedh and Ghazi Guidara, go abroad to big European and Arabian clubs and play as professionals.

They are undoubtedly Africaís most celebrated country in Volleyball as this will be their fifth Olympic Games participation (best place was ninth in 1972), although they were absent from the Sydney Olympic tournament.

Having won eight titles out of 14 African Championships, Tunisia is looking forward to making a noteworthy presence at the nets of the Peace and Friendship Stadium.