Saudi equestrian team win silver medal at Arab Women Sports Tournament in Sharjah

Saudi Arabia’s equestrian team claimed a silver medal on Wednesday at the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) being held in Sharjah, UAE. (Supplied)
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Updated 06 February 2020

Saudi equestrian team win silver medal at Arab Women Sports Tournament in Sharjah

  • The were also individual medals for Saudis Princess Jawaher bin Abdulaziz (bronze) and Fonoun Alhumaydan (silver)

SHARJAH: Saudi Arabia’s equestrian team claimed a silver medal on Wednesday at the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) being held in Sharjah, UAE, as the home favorite Emirati team claimed the gold.
The were also individual medals for Saudis Princess Jawaher bin Abdulaziz (bronze) and Fonoun Alhumaydan (silver) — the latter was also a member of the silver medal-winning team.
The team's success was congratulated by Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud.

The equestrian team, led by Princess Anoud Bint Abdullah and coached by Badr Alfayez, are part of a delegation of 70 Saudi athletes from 12 clubs and teams competing across eight different sporting events at the AWST, the second largest delegation at the event and the largest ever participation abroad by Saudi female clubs.
This year’s event marks the fifth edition and has seen a record 78 clubs from 18 Arab countries entering to compete.
The AWST was originally created by Sharjah Ladies Club in 1997 as tournament for women only from the Gulf Cooperation Council nations.
But on a directive by the wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohamed Al Qasimi, it was expanded to include women and women’s teams from all over the Arab world.
The Olympic-style event sees competitors taking part in basketball, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, archery, shooting, fencing, showjumping and karate.
Elsewhere at the tournament, the Saudi team won a sliver medal in the karate’s kata category behind an Egyptian team who bagged the gold medal, beating out Sharjah Women’s Sports who clinched the bronze.


To not lose unique atmosphere, McIlroy pitches for Ryder Cup in 2021

Updated 27 May 2020

To not lose unique atmosphere, McIlroy pitches for Ryder Cup in 2021

LONDON: Rory McIlroy believes the Ryder Cup will be moved back to 2021 under pressure from players to not lose the unique atmosphere of the biennial event behind
closed doors.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the golfing calendar with the three US-based majors moved to later in the year and the British Open canceled.

The Ryder Cup is still scheduled to take place from Sept. 25-27 in Wisconsin, but spectators would almost certainly not be allowed to attend if it did go ahead.

“I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back until 2021 so that they can play in front of the atmosphere they want to play,” McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland.

“They want to play in front of crowds, that makes the Ryder Cup so special.

“At the end of the day the players are the ones that make the Ryder Cup and if they don’t want to play then there isn’t a
Ryder Cup.

“I see it being pushed back to 2021 and honestly I think that would be the right call.”

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington has previously warned his players that they may have to sacrifice the thrill of playing in front of big crowds for the good of golf fans watching at home.

“The players don’t want it but we might have to take one for the world of team sport and put an event on that people can watch,” said Harrington earlier this month.

“It wouldn’t be the same for us but we’re craving sport on TV.”

McIlroy is facing a busy end to the year with the PGA Tour set to return from June 11.

The PGA Championship, US Open and Masters will follow in August, September and November respectively, but McIlroy is still disappointed the Open was not also rescheduled.

“I was just as disappointed as everyone else that The Open got canceled this year,” he added.

“I think it would have been a good date in September if we were able to play it.”