Saudi team preparing for World Cup for people with mental health problems in Sweden

The Saudi national team for individuals with mental disabilities is preparing for the 7th Football World Cup for people with mental health problems. (SPA)
Updated 16 July 2018
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Saudi team preparing for World Cup for people with mental health problems in Sweden

  • Saudi national team for individuals with mental disabilities is preparing for the 7th Football World Cup for people with mental health problems
  • The Saudi squad has won the championship on three previous occasions

RIYADH: The Saudi national team for individuals with mental disabilities is preparing for the 7th Football World Cup for people with mental health problems, which will be held in Sweden next month.
The Saudi squad is training on a daily basis at the headquarters of Al-Dareya Club for the first stage of preparations for the tournament.
The Saudi squad has won the championship on three previous occasions.
The Green Falcons’ daily routine includes fitness and tactical training, as well as technical lectures for players, under the supervision of the team’s coach, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Khalid.
Al-Khalid said the team’s camp is going as planned, adding that all players are committed and taking the drills seriously.
The Saudi squad will be taking part in the tournament in the city of Karlstad in the second group alongside three teams — Russia, Poland and Japan.


Pilgrims praise Saudi efforts during Hajj

Updated 21 August 2018
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Pilgrims praise Saudi efforts during Hajj

  • Pilgrims praise the organization of the Hajj ritual areas
  • Millions pass through relatively small areas to perform the rituals

ARAFAT: Pilgrims from around the world have expressed their gratitude for the services provided to them by the Saudi authorities, and praised the quality.
“Despite the small size of the holy sites area and the massive gatherings of pilgrims coming yearly to this place, Saudi Arabia has succeeded in managing the huge crowds,” said Jihad Obaid, an Iraqi pilgrim performing Hajj for the first time. The only thing he does not like is the hot weather, but the water sprinklers installed along the way have been a great help, he added.
“These sprinklers reflect how caring the Saudi government is,” he said. “We all know that man can’t control weather challenges, but the preparations made to protect pilgrims is a sign of the great efforts to help pilgrims carry out their rituals comfortably.”
Mas’ood BuHadji, from Algeria, thanked the security guards for the work they do for pilgrims.
“I would like to extend my thanks and appreciations to the security men who spare no effort in assisting the pilgrims to easily complete their rituals,” he said. “Although I am not Saudi, I feel proud of these Muslim security men, whose job here is not only to secure pilgrims a safe Hajj, but also offer them bottles of cold water.
“Hajj is now easier than ever; the Jamarat Bridge, the services and everything.”