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

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.”


Anthony Joshua wins Clash on the Dunes in Saudi Arabia on points against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Updated 08 December 2019

Anthony Joshua wins Clash on the Dunes in Saudi Arabia on points against Andy Ruiz Jr.

  • British boxer won by a unanimous decision
  • New champion thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the fight

RIYADH: Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight title belts after a points decision over Andy Ruiz Jr. in the Clash on the Dunes on Sunday morning in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The British boxer won by a unanimous decision from the judges after outboxing Ruiz Jr., especially in the later rounds.

In the first heavyweight title fight to be held in the Middle East, Joshua dominated a self-proclaimed "overweight" Ruiz Jr. over 12 solid, but largely uninspiring, rounds to win back the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, and avengeget revenge for his shock upset by his Mexican-American opponent six months ago in New York.

“Sometimes simplicity is genius. I was outclassing the champion,” Joshua said.

“I am used to knocking people out, but last time I got hurt so I gave the man his credit. I said I would correct myself again.

“I just wanted to put on a great boxing masterclass and also show the sweet science of this lovely sport. It’s about hitting and not getting hit.

British boxer Anthony Joshua, right, regained his world heavyweight title last night in front of 30,000 fight fans in a thrilling contest at the new Diriyah arena outside Riyadh, against the Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr.  (Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing , Dave Thompson/Matchroom and Ian Walton/Matchroom)

"Sometimes with certain fighters you have to box smarter. I understand what Andy brought to the table so I had to decapitate him in a different way,” he said.

Ruiz Jr. admitted he hadn't trained well enough for the rematch and got “boxed around.”

“The partying got the best of me," he said.  “I didn’t prepare how I should have. I gained too much weight. I don’t want to give excuses, he won ... If we do a third fight, you best believe I’m going to get in shape. I’ll be in the best shape of my life.”

Joshua immediately paid tribute to his opponent after the fight, thanking the Mexican fighter and his family, Saudi Arabia for hosting and the traveling fans who made the journey to the Kingdom.