Mehemda strides to victory in Carrefour 10 kms race

Updated 07 December 2012
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Mehemda strides to victory in Carrefour 10 kms race

A substantial turnout of runners participated in the Carrefour-sponsored 10 kms race in north Jeddah recently, the fourth event in the season-long calendar of events organized by the Jeddah Road Runners to benefit the running community in the western region. The course comprised two laps; 36 completed the full course, and 40 ran one lap only.
New member, Mehemda, demonstrated that he is in a class of his own, by strolling to victory by over six minutes, in an exceptionally fast time of 33.41. Given that the course comprised approximately 1 km off-road on a dirt track with some soft sand, and the still hot and humid conditions at this time of year, the finishing time is even more noteworthy.
In the open category, there is a welcome return to the form that he demonstrated a few years ago, by Yamani, who finished in 4th position overall. O’shea ran well too and placed 7th; and there was a close finish between Mariano and Bucher, with only a few seconds separating the two at the end. Ortiz, Polido and Tamondo, representing the Filipino community, made a good effort; and Garcia and Evangalista brought up the rear to a well-deserved round of applause from the runners and supporters.
In the veterans category, Hawsawi was victorious, with a good two minutes separating him from 2nd placed Bucher. McRiath and Francks both had good finishing times showing the benefits of their speed-work training sessions throughout the long hot summer. Calapatan and Zamora also ran well.
In the masters, Zeibnan excelled and was well ahead of his rivals, and seems destined to wrest the masters crown this year from Sanquer. Standing on the winners’ podium for the first time in the ladies category were White and Elliston. Both enjoyed the run, and finished well under the 60 minute mark.
In the one-lap event (5kms), visitors Hazazi and Jizani, and junior member Al Kaff, were the top three.
On behalf of the club, the Chairman, Afif, thanked the sponsors, Carrefour, whose representatives, Judilasen and Contrino, were on hand to distribute the prizes at the post-race breakfast, and to the usual Club Committee members Al-Juffri, Doman, Yamani and Mohagab for organizing the event.
Results:
Overall winner: Mehemda (33.41)
Open category: 1st Alahdal (39.53); 2nd Bakhraiba (41.35); 3rd Yamani (45.25)
Veteran category: 1st Hawsawi (46.26); 2nd Bucher (48.46); 3rd McRaith (51.38)
Masters category: 1st Zeibnan (45.42); 2nd Weindorf (52.24); 3rd Alkhaibari (57.35)
Seniors: 1st Malloch (52.49)
Ladies: 1st White (57.45); 2nd Elliston (59.28)


Saudi Arabian football clubs helped with debts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Updated 22 May 2018
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Saudi Arabian football clubs helped with debts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will cover all external debts owed by Saudi Professional League clubs
  • Crown Prince will provide 1,277,000,000 Saudi riyals (around $340 million)

RIYADH: The General Sports Authority and Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) have announced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will cover all external debts owed by Saudi Professional League clubs.
According to reports, the Crown Prince will provide 1,277,000,000 Saudi riyals (around $340 million) that will not only clear monies owed but also enable clubs to invest ahead of the 2018-19 season.
The issue of debt had become a major issue in the country’s football scene.
“Some Saudi Arabian clubs are currently experiencing financial problems that require immediate and urgent intervention,” the General Sports Authority, which oversees Saudi Arabian sport, said in a statement released on social media.
The body noted that there are a total of 107 cases under appeal at world governing body FIFA regarding unpaid salaries in Saudi Arabia.
“Failure to intervene urgently to rescue clubs may result in damage to the reputation of the Kingdom in general and Saudi Arabian sport in particular,” added the GSA.
“Some Saudi Arabian clubs may face severe disciplinary sanctions because of the failure to meet financial obligations such as the
denial of the registration of players in general or the deduction of points.”
Unpaid salaries were also a factor in Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr being unable to appear in this year’s AFC Champions League after they were denied AFC club licenses.
Al-Ittihad were the club with the highest debt of 309 million riyals ($82 million) and welcomed the news.
“We are delighted by the generous initiative of His Royal Highness,” Al-Ittihad president Nawaf Al-Muqairn said in an official statement released by the two-time Asian champions.
“This contributes to creating solid ground for all clubs to move toward achieving their goals.”
Legendary Saudi striker Sami Al-Jaber, recently appointed president of champions Al-Hilal, announced his gratitude on social media.
“Great thanks to His Highness the Crown Prince for the great support that the clubs have enjoyed which enables sport in our country to keep pace with the aspirations of our leadership,” Al-Jaber wrote.
The Crown Prince’s move followed the SAFF announcing a new raft of regulations in April that will come into effect next season and are designed to take the league forward. These included restricting club spending on transfers and salaries to 70 percent of revenue. The size of first-team squads has been reduced from 33 to 28, of which five must be homegrown players of 23 or younger.