Riyadh readies to host Gulf’s first women’s football tournament

Saudi football fans attend a friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Argentina at King Fahd stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 14, 2012. (AFP)
Updated 27 February 2019
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Riyadh readies to host Gulf’s first women’s football tournament

  • Clubs from across region participating
  • Saudi Arabian players keen on representing Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is getting ready to host the Gulf’s first women’s football tournament, which kicks off this Friday.
The Green Hall at Al-Khobar Sports City will be the venue for the Gulf Women’s Football Tournament, which is being held under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Naif.
Saudi clubs participating include Al-Shuala Al-Sharqiyah, Al-Yamamah, Lourdes, United Eagles, Royals, Jeddah Eagles and Kings’ Union.
“The teams have been practicing four days a week, with every session lasting around three hours. Some of the team played friendly games in Riyadh and the Eastern Province to be in good shape,” said Sana Al-Ateeq, general manager of one of the organizing companies.
“We are looking forward to a special family day because the tournament is for families and not just for the players.”
Al-Yamamah player Luma Al Enezi said her team was ready to play and compete for the cup.
“We are keen on representing the Kingdom in the best possible way, especially since officials have provided all factors to ensure the success of the tournament,” she said. “We have been practicing very hard to be able to play our best games and win.”
Last January Saudi female football fans were allowed to attend football matches for the first time in the Kingdom, in line with reform plans to encourage women to participate in sports.
Teams from the UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain are also taking part in the tournament. It runs until March 6.


Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

Updated 19 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

  • Kingdom's athletes claim three golds, one silver and three bronzes on day four in Abu Dhabi.
  • Saudi Arabia medal tally now up to an impressive 25.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia enjoyed another good day at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi winning three golds, one silver and three bronzes to take their medal tally to an impressive 25 after four days.
Abdulaziz Alharthi got the day off to a great start in the pool, the 17-year-old from Jeddah picking up gold in the men’s 25m freestyle.
That was then followed up with the second gold of the day as Mohammed Alolayan powered home in the 5,000m. It was his second medal of the Games after he took home a bronze in the triathlon.
Moayed Aldarwish completed the hat-trick of golds coming home first in the 400m.


That was not the end of the success for the Kingdom as Fares Almateq and Naif Alshammari won silver in the men’s doubles table tennis. This was Fares’ second win of the week, having impressively won gold in the men’s singles event earlier.
Heba Shawli then became another multiple-medal winner when she took home the bronze in the softball throw event — she having won gold in the 25m run event.
Faisal Algosaibi and Faris Khouj, also part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team, each won bronze in their division of the 25m freestyle swimming.


Other winners of multiple medals include Hassan Alhadhariti, who won three golds and one silver in powerlifting; Sara Felemban and Jana Albeshri, who both won silver in bocce women’s singles and women’s team events, and Shahad Sunbul, who won silver in the bocce women’s team event and bronze in the bocce women’s singles event.