In 1906, the writer A.B. De Guerville wrote a travelogue of Egypt. At one point during his adventures, De Guerville had a chance to observe the members of the Egyptian police academy go through their exercises which involved gymnastics, shooting, riding and heavy weightlifting. De Guerville noted that the development that was obtained by new recruits in only a matter of weeks was striking. This gentleman, unfortunately not named in the text, was listed as the strongest man in the school.