Wydad Athletic Club (WAC)
() is a Moroccan athletics club
based in Casablanca
, best known for its football
section was the first section of the Wydad Athletic Club
"WAC" to be created and this was on May 8, 1937 . The members of the first management committee
of Wydad were Haj Mohamed Benjelloun (President), Maitre Mohamed Zarouk, Mohamed Ben Lahsan, Haj Mohamed Ben Mohamed Ben Lahsan Benjelloun, Ralph Botbol, Charles Benchetrit, Bienvenu, Lucien Bilikrinieu, Pierre André, Boravel, and Croné Vivirel.
Other sections were created for the club as time went by, like the tennis
, section which Haj Tounsi alias Père Jégo created, to reach today 14 sections including Basketball, Handball, Boxing, Wrestling, Cycling, Badminton, Track and field, Waterpolo, Hockey...
Several versions circulate according to the origin of the naming of the club. In Arabic
, Wydad means Love
. Each historian brings his explanation. But that brought back by Ahmed Lahrizi in his book on Wydad volume 1
, is the most widespread and the most plausible. According to the book
, during the frequent meetings which intervened before the creation of the club, one of the founder members arrived late, the reason was that he watched the latest film
of the actress and Egyptian singer
legend Oum Kaltoum
, whose title is "Wydad". Thus came the idea to the founders to give the name to the club.