Beirut: Spectator Sports
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Spectator sports are popular in Beirut. Both football and basketball are well supported spectator sports, and there are local teams at Beirut’s Le Sagesse Club. Horse racing is also a popular spectator sport in Beirut: horse races are held at Beirut’s Hippodrome every Sunday afternoon, other than in July and August when races are held on Saturdays.
Further afield, tennis has a large following as a spectator sport in Lebanon, and you’ll find international tennis tournaments at the Country Club Aix en Provence in Jounieh, Kaslik, about 15km away from Beirut.