Forever associated with a fun, hot day at the beach, Frisbee has finally made it to Cairo. Pass by a sport’s field in Zamalek or Maadi in the late afternoon and you’ll find Egypt’s finest Ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts throwing around the disc.
Ultimate Frisbee– now called simply Ultimate since Frisbee is a trademarked disc– is a team sport that started in the USA in the 1970s. Teams play seven on seven, and the object of the game is to score points by catching the disc in the opposite end zone.
While Ultimate players originally embraced the game as a laid-back alternative to traditional, organised sports, the game today is quite competitive with club and college teams playing in tournaments throughout the world. Playing can be quite strenuous and technical, and players run a lot throughout the game.
Afternoon Ultimate games in Cairo can get intense, but, overall it has a fun atmosphere. Expats and Egyptians alike gather weekly to toss around the disc, practice strategy, and play pick-up games. Some players are long-time Ultimate aficionados, who previously played competitively in college, while others first learned the sport here under the Egyptian sun.
The sport first became organised in Cairo in 2002 when former Al Ahly footballer Mido Nassar saw a group of Americans playing Frisbee in Gezira Club. While he wasn’t familiar with the sport, he became interested and formed Cairo Ultimate, which has been playing ever since.
The group meets at the Gezira Club every Saturday and Tuesday from 6PM to 8PM, and organizes an annual intramural tournament. Newcomers are always welcome but are asked to join the 'Cairo Ultimate' Facebook group first and register before showing up at practice.
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