Saudi sports federation holds aerosports contest

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Promoting sports is one of the key objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. (SPA)
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Promoting sports is one of the key objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. (SPA)
Updated 21 October 2018
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Saudi sports federation holds aerosports contest

  • According to a survey only 13 percent of Saudi citizens aged over 15 exercise at least once a week

JEDDAH: The Saudi Wireless and Remote Control Sports Federation organized a fuel helicopter aerosports competition, after which chairman Saud Al-Fogham crowned the winners.
Hamad Al-Rafdan came first, Mohamed Al-Ossaimy second and Ayman Al-Humaidhi third.
Promoting sports is one of the key objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. Different government agencies are taking measures to achieve this goal by organizing different events encouraging Saudi youth to showcase their skills.
In 2015 the General Sport Authority (GSA) conducted the first National Sports Survey and defined active people who participate in sports as “individuals who engage in a specific type of physical activity i.e. planned, structured, and repetitive for the main purpose of improving health and maintaining fitness, at least once a week.”
The survey showed that only 13 percent of Saudi citizens aged over 15 exercise at least once a week. Those findings were a wake-up call for the Kingdom and helped shape aggressive targets to support mass participation that were set in stone within the Vision 2030 plan.
In the first quarter of 2018, another National Sports Survey was carried out under the same conditions and using the same methods, tracking sporting participation at all levels, from those taking up walking a few times a week to improve their health or amateurs beginning to attend weekly classes or clubs to hardcore gym enthusiasts and committed sportspeople.
The previous figure of 13 percent has now increased to 23 percent, helping the GSA beat its interim Vision 2030 target of getting 20 percent of Saudis over 15 exercising by 2020.


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019
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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.