Saudi rowing team makes waves at Asian Indoor Rowing Championship

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Saudi Husein Alireza, right, on the podium of the Asian Indoor Rowing Championship 2019 in Bangkok. (Photo supplied)
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The Saudi rowing team at the Asian Indoor Rowing Championship 2019 in Bangkok. (Photo supplied)
Updated 08 April 2019
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Saudi rowing team makes waves at Asian Indoor Rowing Championship

BANGKOK: With his determination, young Saudi rower Husein Alireza made the country proud by scooping up the bronze medal at the Asian Indoor Rowing Championship 2019 that concluded in Bangkok (Thailand) recently.

The annual competition was organized by the Asian Rowing Federation testing strength and endurance of rowers on machines.

Husein Alireza who clinched the third place at the Asian Indoor Rowing championship was representing Saudi Arabia for the second time after achieving the ninth place in the Asian Games last August in Indonesia.

Alireza’s bronze medal is the first international medal Saudi Arabia wins in a rowing competition. It also reflects the great strides he has made in the sport since taking it up during his college years in the United Kingdom.

The Saudi Rowing Federation was established only this year and participated in the competition, led by the Federation’s president Mohammed Hadhrawi.

Husein Alireza’s success is also a reflection of the quick achievement of the Saudi Rowing Federation since its establishment only a few months ago.

Bill Barry, coach of Saudi Arabia rowing team, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Husein Alireza who is a great athlete. To win a bronze medal at the Asian Rowing Championship is a huge step in his sporting career which keeps going from strength to strength.

“Alireza consistently performs well at international competitions and his success at this level shows that his positive approach towards training and preparation is paying off.”

Celebrating success after clinching a bronze medal, Husein Alireza said: “It is an honor to win for my country and I am so proud to win bronze and want to thank my coach and the Saudi Arabia rowing Federation for their support.”


Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

Updated 22 July 2019
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Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

  • Princess Nourah thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Saad has officially become the first Saudi woman to be president of a sports club. Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera reported recently that the princess had successfully acquired the Umbrian football club Spoleto.

Speaking at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future. 

“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said. 

Princess Nourah chose the team after considering several aspects. “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion. But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.” Spoleto is a member of Serie D of the Italian non-professional football association, Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.  The association represents more than 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy and is considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. Under the princess’s presidency, the team aims to ascend to Serie C in the near future, and further in the long term.

Spoleto announced that they have formally registered for the Excellence Umbria 2019/2020 championship and the Regional Junior Championship 2019/2020.

This purchase marks the Saudi royal family’s second venture into sports club ownership. Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.