First Saudi women’s sports camp in Madinah launched

In this May 12, 2014 file photo, a girl shoots baskets during team practice at a private sports club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AP)
Updated 03 August 2017

First Saudi women’s sports camp in Madinah launched

RIYADH: Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz University (PMAU) has launched the first women’s sports camp in Madinah, with various activities lined up between July 31 and Aug. 15.
The sporting activities are for girls aged 5-15, boys aged 5-9 and young women aged 16 and above, local media reported.
Courses offered include taekwondo for boys and girls, and fitness sessions for females. There are also football and basketball tournaments for boys and girls.
An integrated building with basketball and badminton courts can accommodate more than 100 fans, and includes a sports club and changing rooms.
A gym with state-of-the-art equipment has been opened, and sports coaches with international certificates from Canada and Germany will be present.
The sports camp comes on the heels of increased interest in sports for women in the Kingdom in general, and in Madinah in particular.
A PMAU official said the university has been supporting women’s sports since its launch three years ago.
The sports coordinator said the university runs women’s courses in accordance with Shariah regulations.
The PMAU is looking forward to qualifying students to represent it in women’s tournaments soon, she added.


Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
"It is an unprecedented measure that has not been taken by Aramco before. May OSPs will depend on how the OPEC+ meeting concludes. We are doing what we can to make it successful, including taking this extraordinary step to delay the OSPs," the Saudi source said.
Saudi Aramco typically issues its OSPs by the 5th of each month, setting the trend for Iranian, Kuwaiti and Iraqi prices and affecting more than 12 million barrels of oil per day bound for Asia.
OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia which has prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene.
The Saudi source said that Riyadh wants to avoid a repeat of the outcome of a March meeting where oil talks collapsed between OPEC and allies "due to Russia's lack of cooperation with the rest of OPEC+ participants".
Coordinated cuts between OPEC members and others led by Russia expired on March 31 having helped support crude prices since they began in January 2017.
The OPEC+ meeting was initially due for Monday, but was postponed to April 9 "to allow for more time to reach out to all producers including OPEC+ and others," the Saudi source said.