KSA plans to organize own international polo team

Amr Zedan relaxes after the match. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 13 July 2018
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KSA plans to organize own international polo team

  • Amr Zedan was appointed chairman of the recently formed Saudi Polo Federation, which will promote the equine sport across the Kingdom.
  • I have my own team established in Dubai — Zedan Polo — so I am looking at merging that into the federation, subject to board approval, and creating ‘Team Saudi’., said Amr Zedan.

CAMBRIDGE, UK: Saudi Arabia plans to have its own international polo team within two years, according to one of the country’s star players.

Speaking on the sidelines of the BMG Foundation’s 22nd annual charitable GCC Polo Cup, Amr Zedan, who played alongside Prince William on the BMG Financial team, praised the British royal for his performance during the match.

“Yes, I scored six goals, but it was really due to the support of Prince William, who helped with every play,” he said. “I have played with him for about nine years now and he is a very good player.”

Zedan was appointed chairman of the recently formed Saudi Polo Federation, which will promote the equine sport across the Kingdom.

“Our first meeting of the federation will be next week,” he said. “We are going to scout for youngsters who are into the game and send them to Argentina or Dubai to learn the sport. I have my own team established in Dubai — Zedan Polo — so I am looking at merging that into the federation, subject to board approval, and creating ‘Team Saudi’. 

“We would like to seek approval for Team Saudi to compete professionally in the UAE and UK seasons and, potentially, in the south of Spain.

“We would like to have youngsters starting to come into the game, learning and playing the game — and to have Team Saudi competing internationally.

That is the goal,” he said.


UAE, Egypt and Bahrain commend Saudi Arabia’ decrees on Khashoggi case

Updated 20 October 2018
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UAE, Egypt and Bahrain commend Saudi Arabia’ decrees on Khashoggi case

  • UAE, Egypt and Bahrain issued statements commending Saudi Arabia's royal decrees
  • Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, said the king’s decisions “achieve justice and equality”

DUBAI: Gulf Arab allies have backed the royal decrees issued Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday involving the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

UAE

The UAE on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s statements, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state “commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman on the issue of Kashoggi,” WAM said on Twitter.

The announcement also said that Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a state of institutions based on justice and equity.

Saudi Council of Senior Scholars

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king’s decisions on the death of Khashoggi “achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law”, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.

Egypt

Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by the king.
"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth. 

Bahrain

Bahrain praised decisions made by the Saudi king to establish justice, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.

“Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values and principles,” an official statement quote by the channel said.

Palestine

Palestine commended King Salman's decisions to affirm justice and fairness.

(Wirth Reuters)