Japan eager to see Saudi karate players shine

A plaque being presented during the visit of the Saudi sports delegation to the residence of Japan’s Ambassador Norihiro Okuda in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 16 February 2017
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Japan eager to see Saudi karate players shine

RIYADH: Japanese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Norihiro Okuda received representatives of General Authority for Sports and Saudi Sports Federations to his residence and highlighted bilateral cooperation in sports fields under the Joint Saudi-Japanese Group for Vision 2030.
From Saudi side, Mansour Al-Mansour, deputy president of General Authority for Sports and Prince Khalid bin Bandar, executive director of international relations, attended on behalf of the President, Prince Abdullah bin Musaid Al-Saud.
Also present were Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Gannas, president of Saudi Arabian Karate Federation.
It coincided with the visit of four Japanese karate champions to Saudi Arabia for training top coaches and selected players, organized by Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Saudi Karate Federation.
They started the training Jan. 10 and are now giving lectures and coaching in Riyadh and Jeddah.
This project is on the course of the MoU signed between Saudi Arabia and Japan in May last year during the visit of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The ambassador said: “Japan is determined to fully cooperate with Saudi Arabia in all sports fields and we believe that sports have the power to build a strong and healthy society.”
As Japan will hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, it expects accomplishment of Saudi karate players.


Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

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Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

  • Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model”
  • Second workshop tackles use of technology in crowd control

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has inaugurated the “mithaq” initiative, the first of its kind to be held at the Holy Mosques, and received the book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model” from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

The initiative included three workshops: The first workshop, Creating Initiatives in Moderation and Tolerance, was managed and supervised by the Prince Faisal Center for Moderation. It attracted many scholars and academicians and approved 27 initiatives to enhance moderation and tolerance.

The second workshop was on using technology in crowd control — engineering solutions for better crowd flow and for enhancing security control.

The third workshop was about the media and the global mission of the Holy Mosques. It was attended by many media personalities and university professors, and was characterized by serious discussion before agreement on quality initiatives with tangible results.

During the Makkah cultural days, Prince Khaled inaugurated the pact of the role model, which represents a holistic commitment to quality service from leaders, employees, security personnel and everyone serving at the Holy Mosques. This pact is an interpretation of the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Khaled toured the exhibition and praised the efforts of each department in the service of the pilgrims and visitors of the Holy Mosques.

Al-Sudais held a conference about the impact of the Holy Mosques in enhancing the role model, presided over by Sheikh Saleh Al-Taleb, imam of the Holy Mosque. It was attended by Sheikh Saad Al-Shathri, adviser at the royal court, and Sheikh Hassan bin Abdul Hameed Bukhari.