KSRelief to boost cooperation with European commission

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Updated 16 December 2017

KSRelief to boost cooperation with European commission

BRUSSELS: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the European Commission for Civil Protection and Human Assistance decided to boost cooperation during talks on Friday in Brussels, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
A KSRelief delegation led by Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi, assistant secretary-general for planning and development, met with a task team of the commission in the presence of Saad bin Mohammed Al-Areefi, the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the EU.
The meeting was briefed on the efforts of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSCRHA), the SPA reported.
Meanwhile, the director of a hospital in the Khormaksar district of Aden, Yemen, expressed deep gratitude for KSRelief’s support to the facility.
A KSRelief rehabilitation team on Friday inspected the hospital, reviewed its needs, and met with the director and administrative and medical staff.
The director said the visit is a positive sign of fruitful cooperation in serving the Yemeni people.
KSRelief also distributed food baskets to displaced people in Yemen’s Saada governorate and Al-Rakza camp in Marib governorate, the SPA reported.
This aid is an extension of a project to distribute 49,000 food baskets in a number of governorates in Yemen. 

World boxing champ Amir Khan eyes Kingdom for new academy

Updated 10 min 51 sec ago

World boxing champ Amir Khan eyes Kingdom for new academy

  • The former boxing world champion said there were a lot of warriors in Saudi Arabia
  • Khan said he believes the Kingdom possesses a lot of talent

RIYADH: British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan wants to open a boxing academy in Saudi Arabia, and hopes the Kingdom will see rising stars become Olympic champions soon.

Speaking at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday, he said the only way to achieve this was by opening academies in the Kingdom.  

“I believe that there is so much talent in Saudi, but there aren’t many boxing clubs,” he said.

Speaking at the midday session of the forum in a session titled “What Defines Me,” Khan said he believed there was a reason Saudis are good boxers: “Maybe it is in their blood – they are warriors.”

The former world champion and Olympic medalist, arrived on stage at the event wearing traditional Saudi clothes, both the thobe and shomakh, and was interviewed by Lubna Al-Omair, the first Saudi female Olympic fencer.

Khan has a charitable foundation in his name that is dedicated to empowering disadvantaged young people globally.

“All around the world I build boxing academies, (including in) England, Pakistan,” he said. “It is a way to give back and help the less fortunate. We travel all around the world to help the poor, the youth ... in the future they will do the same.”

Khan credited his father for placing him in a boxing club. “When I was young, I was hyperactive, always misbehaving, and my father took me to the boxing club. Boxing gave me discipline.”  

And he credited fans for his motivation, explaining: “At 17 I became a household name and couldn’t walk the streets without people stopping me for a picture. People are looking up to me and wanting me to succeed, and that was my motivation.”

Khan said boxing helps develop self-discipline and emotional intelligence. “Boxing teaches you to be disciplined,” he said.

“What boxing teaches you is not to fight outside. If a fight is taking place, I walk away.”

Khan also had advice for athletes in training: “The harder you work in the gym, the easier it will be in the game,” he said.

And he added: “Work hard and never give up. I always like to work harder than my opponents.”