Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority reveals strategy to support sports

General Sports Authority President Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, center, with officials of the Kingdom’s sports clubs during a press conference on Saturday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 22 July 2019

Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority reveals strategy to support sports

  • Goal is to implement an effective governance system that supports and maintains the clubs

JEDDAH: The General Sports Authority (GSA) revealed “a new chapter for sports in Saudi Arabia” at a press conference on Saturday, crediting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his “limitless” support.

The GSA’s new strategy has been developed “after careful study with prominent international experts, and with the help of federations around the world, to reach our desired goals,” Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, president of the GSA, revealed.

“What our clubs currently lack from our strategy is governance, and they have a huge financial deficit, and are not activating other types of sports, and have an unsustainable future,” he said. 

“We have 170 clubs today, participating in 22 sports and in 56 active federations. Seventy-nine clubs participate in four-to-five different sports, and only five clubs participate in more than 12 sports. 

Sports economy

Our goal is to implement an effective governance system that supports and maintains the clubs, increases the level of competitiveness across all sports, organizes the financial process and creates a flourishing sports economy.”

Al-Faisal explained that the government has allocated SR2.5 billion ($667 million) to the new project, and announced that the country’s professional sports leagues would each receive SR50 million, with an additional SR10 million “related to the development of club facilities.”

IN NUMBERS

• SR2.5 billion  the budget for  GSA’s strategy.

• SR50 million for each professional league.

He also stressed that the GSA’s strategy is not focused solely on football.
“Sports means all sports,” he said. “This step is the first stage to support and activate these sports before the announcement of the strategies that are special to the federations. The system to support different sports has a specialized SR480 million (dedicated to it).”

Al-Faisal also revealed that a “unified points system” had been used to measure the popularity of various sports, which were then ranked in two categories. Volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis and athletics are included in the first category, while karate, cycling, table tennis, swimming and taekwondo are included in the second.


DiplomaticQuarter: Danish ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Oophytum festival in Jouf

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DiplomaticQuarter: Danish ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Oophytum festival in Jouf

The Danish ambassador to Saudi Arabia visited a festival celebrating the Oophytum plant in the city of Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of his visit to the Jouf region.

Ole Mosby was received by Fahd Ibrahim Al-Anzi, mayor of Dumat Al-Jandal, who presented the ambassador with a commemorative gift. Mosby thanked the festival’s organizers and wished them success.

He toured the festival and its exhibitions, and was briefed on the Oophytum plant, its harvest, and the process of extracting powder from it.

The powder is used in various dishes, the most famous of which is bakila, which is made by mixing ground dates, margarine and Oophytum. The powder is also used in bread, cake and porridge.

Dumat Al-Jandal is a city of ruins in northwest Saudi Arabia. Its boundary wall is considered an ancient antiquity. The city got its name because its fortress was built from jandal stone.

Jouf boasts many archaeological sites. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage is working on renovating them and opening them to visitors. 

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Dumat Al-Jandal

Dumat Al-Jandal is a city of ruins in Saudi Arabia's northwestern region of Jouf. Its boundary wall is considered an ancient antiquity. The city got its name because its fortress was built from jandal stone. It is one of the sites in the Kingdom that are being renovated by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.