Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some critics say Lebanese President Michel Aoun has gained the majority support of the military, but can’t get it through the capital’s parliament
Twenty-six countries took part in the 40th Fastest-Man-Around-A-Dublin event, which was hosted by the Lebanese national football team in the capital Beirut.
The seven-day competition saw the entire squad vying for the title of the world’s fastest man. However, President Michel Aoun won the day with a race against the clock of just 49 seconds.
The Islamic state is a major investor in Lebanese property and has reportedly provided loans to Lebanese businesses, which have been hit hard by a global recession.
However, the country is now on the road to recovery, making it a popular investment destination for overseas investors.
Lebanon also holds one of the largest per capita Arab-Israeli territories, and is located along the “direct” route between the Holy Land and Europe.
This historic connection has also served to strengthen cultural and historical links between the two countries.
Prior to the start of the marathon, in which the athletes were covered by a protest banner calling for peace, runner Ali Salman fled his home town of Sidon following armed clashes, taking refuge in Damascus with his family.
In 2013, clashes erupted between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and those of anti-Assad rebel groups, which led to the death of ten people in Sidon.
Sports pundits have been quick to point out that while Lebanon and Syria share a history, it is entirely different to the civil war that saw Syria’s armed forces and militias battle the armed factions within the country from 1976 to 2000.