International Championship gold for Saudi Arabian female boxer

Dona Mohammed Al-Ghamdi won the 2018 International Boxing Championship. (Supplied)
Updated 03 February 2018
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International Championship gold for Saudi Arabian female boxer

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia boxer Dona Mohammed Al-Ghamdi has continued her remarkable rise in the sport by winning the 2018 International Boxing Championship.
Al-Ghamdi only took up the sport four years ago to lose weight — she dropped from 155 kilograms to 80 kilograms in nine months — but she has also managed to win several titles in the process.
On Friday she won the International Boxing Championship in Balqa, Jordan, to add to the three black belt, four medals and several Arab titles she has already claimed.
Al-Ghamdi is the only Saudi Arabian boxer to compete on an Arab and international level and was competing against fighters from Norway, Germany, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, UAE, Lebanon and Kuwait.


Saudi Arabia legend extends his remarkable football career by another season

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia legend extends his remarkable football career by another season

LONDON: The indefatigable Hussein Abdulghani is back in Saudi Arabia and set to continue his playing career with yet another season of top-level football.
The 41-year-old first started his professional career way back in 1995 with Al-Ahli and, fitness permitting, he could still be playing 24 years later after it was announced he has signed a short-term deal with Ohod.
Ohod finished bottom of the pile last season, but they managed to avoid relegation by beating Al-Ta’ee over two legs in a playoff. They have sought the experience of Abdulghani in a bid to avoid the struggles of last season.
“Allow me first to extend my sincere thanks to Ohod Club’s management for the confidence and trust they have shown in me,” said Abdulghani in a video interview on the club’s Twitter account. “I hope to be an addition to the club and together be able to entertain and wow the audience and gain their support. The club’s management exerted enormous effort in this regards by signing contracts with several players, and I hope that they support the club in the upcoming period.”
Abdulghani, who turns 42 in January, has spent the last season playing in Bulgaria, but he has decided to return to the Kingdom and play for a third Saudi Pro League club. He played nearly 300 times for Al-Ahli during a 13-year spell and then went on to make nearly 150 appearances for Al-Nassr. There was also, in between, a season-long spell at Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax. In a quirk of the fixture list, Ohod's first two league games this season will be against Al-Nassr and Al-Ahli, two of Abdulghani's former clubs.
The full-back, who has played 134 times for his country, was on the verge of making a shock return to the national team set-up earlier this year for the first time in four years after coach Juan Antonio Pizzi recalled the defender to the squad and picked him in the starting XI for the game against Iraq at Basra International Stadium.
But his hopes were cruelly dashed after his Bulgarian club side Vereya refused to release him for the historic friendly match because it fell outside the FIFA International Match Calendar.