Saudi International just first step in ambitious golfing plan, says Yasir Al-Rumayyan

ALmulla made his professional debut in the Saudi International on Thursday. (Supplied)
Updated 31 January 2019
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Saudi International just first step in ambitious golfing plan, says Yasir Al-Rumayyan

  • Chairman of Saudi Arabian Golf Federation reveals hopes for golf in the Kingdom with more courses in the pipeline.
  • Al-Rumayyan hopes Othman Almulla is a trailblazer for golfers in the Kingdom.

LONDON: Hosting the Saudi International is just the start of an ambitious plan for golf in the Kingdom. That is according to Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Arabia Golf Federation who is intent on making the country both a golf destination and a producer of top-class golfing talent.
The first European Tour event got under way at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club yesterday with a host of star names such as Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson vying to become the inaugural winner. But for Al-Rumayyan this week’s tournament is just the first step on a path to get Saudi Arabia on the golfing map.
“(This event) fits with our strategy in the Saudi Golf Federation. We’re really proud that we got the partnership with the European PGA and got this tournament in Saudi for the first time, hopefully we will have more championships and tournaments coming (here in the future),” Al-Rumayyan said.
Othman Almulla had already made history before a tee-shot was struck by becoming the Saudi to turn professional. If Al-Rumayyan has his way Almulla will be a trailblazer for golfers — both men and women — to become sporting stars.
“(Our second aim) is to have golf academies to get more players; number three, to build golf courses. So that’s the accessibility,” 
Al-Rumayyan said.
“We want to have our players (become) tournament professionals. We had the first Saudi player turn professional, Almulla. So these are the four main things that we’d like to achieve.”


Sixth season of ​​Formula E to start in Saudi Arabia’s Ad Diriyah in November

Updated 16 June 2019
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Sixth season of ​​Formula E to start in Saudi Arabia’s Ad Diriyah in November

  • The electric cars competition will witness two rounds as part of the sixth ABB FIA Formula E event
  • Fourteen such events are scheduled in 12 cities on four different continents

RIYADH: FIA World Motor Sport Council revealed on Saturday that the 2019 Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix will kick off the new season on Nov. 22 and 23, 2019, on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The electric cars competition, organized by the FIA and the Saudi Arabia General Sport Authority (GSA), will witness two rounds as part of the sixth ABB FIA Formula E competition, out of 14 organized in 12 cities on four different continents including, Santiago, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, Berlin, New York, and London and Seoul, which were recently added.

Alberto Longo, vice CEO of Formula E, said that the upcoming season will be one of the most exciting in the short history of the competition.

He also welcomed Mercedes Benz and Porsche to the list of competitors, and Seoul and London to the competition’s venues.

He said that the present season is about to end with three more rounds to go, and that there is a fierce competition for the title.

CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM

● Nov. 22: Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

● Nov. 23: Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

● Dec. 14: TBA

● Jan. 18, 2020: Santiago, Chile

● Feb. 15, 2020: Mexico City, Mexico

● March 1, 2020: Hong Kong, China

● March 21, 2020: TBA — China

● April 4, 2020: Rome, Italy

● 9 April 18, 2020: Paris, France

● 10 May 3, 2020: Seoul, S. Korea

● 11 May 30, 2020: Berlin, Germany

● 12 June 20, 2020: New York, US

● 13 July 25, 2020: London, UK

● 14 July 26, 2020: London, UK