Saudi Sports for All Federation sees exciting finish with three winning teams

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Shaima Saleh AlHusseini, Managing Director, Saudi SFA, at the Sports for All Challenge
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Saudi SFA Challenge first place winner Team Endorphin with Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed and Shaima Saleh AlHusseini
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Updated 30 January 2020

Saudi Sports for All Federation sees exciting finish with three winning teams

  • Three winning teams selected from 18 entrants representing 12 participating universities across Saudi Arabia and the US
  • The challenge involved developing models in order to encourage community participation in fitness and physical activities 

RIYADH: The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) announced on Thursday the three winning teams in the Sports for All Challenge for university students.

The winning teams, tasked with developing models that would increase community engagement in physical activities, competed for a top prize of $10,000 for the winning team, and $5,000 and $3,000 for the second- and third-place teams respectively.

The challenge saw 18 teams of university students from both Saudi Arabia and the US develop creative campaigns to encourage local communities to get active and participate in sports, and to contribute effectively towards improving the quality of life and wellness for participants.

The Sports for All Challenge, held across nine cities: Madinah, Al-Majma’ah, Makkah, Dhahran, Riyadh, Hail, Jeddah, Fairfax, Virginia and Carbondale, Illinois, saw teams from 12 universities take part, including 10 Saudi universities and two US universities.

Three finalists from 18 participating teams reached the final round: Team “Endorphin” from Umm Al-Qura University won the first place, Team “150 Minutes” from Southern Illinois University won second place and Team “Your Health in Your Steps” from the University of Hail won third place.

The winners were announced at an official awards ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh At Kingdom Center following two rounds of judging.

The judging panel included SFA President Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al-Saud, Aljohara Fallatah, founder of Al-Azem Academy, and Suleiman Alkadi, COO of Armah.

“The Sports for All Challenge seeks to generate new ideas from the young generation of Saudis to motivate and encourage society to get active and take up a any type of fit activity. We know how talented and creative our young people are, and we want them to be leading the way in promoting healthier lifestyles,” said Prince Khaled. 

Team Endorphin developed a campaign to support and prepare leaders to form their own Community Sports Groups (CSGs). The team proposed hosting a two-day camp for future sports leaders and encourage them to share their favorite sport with their community.

Team Your Health in Your Steps conceptualized collaborating with local authorities to connect 35- to 50-year-old women and men with existing sports services and create new opportunities.

CSGs will be organized in each of the nine neighborhoods of Hail and host competitive sports tournaments among the groups.

The team will create a neighborhood hiking challenge, encouraging audience participation with the goal of providing their target audience with information and experiences that will help prevent chronic health issues, such as diabetes and obesity.

Team 150 Minutes will target Saudi university students who are between the ages of 18 and 35, helping them to develop a regular exercise routine, which includes 150 minutes of exercise per week for optimum health.

The team created a weekly exercise group on the Southern Illinois University campus that meets three times per week, applying the physical activity guidelines they have promoted. They are also planning a marathon on the campus as well as in Saudi Arabia.
 


Scenarios for a potential return of the Premier League

Updated 01 April 2020

Scenarios for a potential return of the Premier League

  • One option is for clubs to converge on a neutral location in which all remaining games are played behind closed doors

LONDON: English football's major stakeholders will meet on Friday to discuss their options to rescue a season derailed by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Premier League campaign has been postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic, but the chances of a return in May look bleak.

AFP Sport takes a closer look at the various scenarios that are likely to be considered in the talks over if and how to finish the season:

One option is for clubs to converge on a neutral location in which all remaining games are played behind closed doors, with only essential personnel and broadcasters allowed to attend.

There is believed to be growing support among clubs for this plan, with nine rounds of matches potentially in line to be staged in June and July.

Fixtures would reportedly be played in one or two locations in the Midlands and London.

That could mean players and coaches being quarantined away from their families in World Cup-style camps to avoid infection, with stadiums, hotels and training facilities undergoing a deep clean.

A radical upturn in testing for the virus in the UK over the next two months is the key to this plan for a number of reasons.

Firstly, to ease players' concerns of contracting COVID-19 while playing, but also to avoid criticism of privileged professional players being tested with mild or no symptoms if that is not available to the general public and in particular frontline workers.

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Given the massive impact of the virus on society in general, it is seen in some quarters as morally inappropriate for football to return too soon.

If the curve of cases is not significantly flattened come the summer the optics for the Premier League to have medical officials at nonessential events would also not be good.

Given the massive impact of the virus on society in general, it is seen in some quarters as morally inappropriate for football to return too soon.

Instead of rushing back to action, waiting until the virus is completely under control before play resumes is the preferred strategy in this scenario.

With the virus reportedly set to peak in the UK in June, that could mean remaining in sporting lockdown until August or September.

Waiting would allow the current season to be completed in full, ensuring the Premier League does not have to repay an estimated £750 million ($930 million, € 842 million) to television companies for breach of contract.

But it would have a huge knock-on effect for next season, potentially leading to a shortened schedule in 2020-21 in a bid to be ready for the delayed European Championship.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane believes the campaign should be canceled if it cannot be finished by the end of June.

"Playing into July or August and pushing next season back, I don't see too much benefit in that," Kane said.

"Probably the limit for me is the end of June. If the season's not completed by the end of June we need to look at the options and just look forward to next season."

In what would be the worst-case scenario for the Premier League, some clubs reportedly want to abandon the current season immediately.

Senior figures in English club football believe there is "no place for sport at the moment,"  according to a recent report in the Athletic.

FA chairman Greg Clarke reportedly told the Premier League earlier this month he does not believe the season will be completed.

Declaring the season over could trigger legal action from a host of clubs, regardless of whether or not the standings are allowed
to count.

Liverpool need only two more wins to confirm their first league title since 1990 and hold a 25-point lead over Manchester City.

Canceling the season would scupper their hopes of ending a 30-year title drought, unless it was agreed to declare them champions anyway.

Manchester United, Wolves, Sheffield United and Tottenham, all currently outside the top four, would surely claim they had been unfairly been denied a chance of Champions League qualification.

Aston Villa would be relegated along with Norwich and Bournemouth, but Dean Smith's team would point to the game in hand that would lift them above Watford to safety if they won it.

In the Championship, the current top two are Leeds and West Bromwich Albion and they would be furious if a 'null and void' ruling robbed them of a lucrative promotion.