Sports minister launches Saudi Games, Kingdom’s largest sporting event

Saudi Arabia’s newly appointed sports minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal announced the launch of the Saudi Games on Wednesday. (Twitter: @GSAKSA)
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Updated 26 February 2020

Sports minister launches Saudi Games, Kingdom’s largest sporting event

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s newly appointed sports minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal announced the launch of the Saudi Games on Wednesday, a new competition that will start on March 24.

At a launch event in Riyadh, the prince said the event will be open to both men and women and added that more than 6,000 athletes from 13 of the Kingdom’s regions are expected to participate.

The theme of the event will be “Heroes Amongst Us,” Prince Abdul Aziz said.

The event will feature 40 games with the participation of 35 sports federations in 18 venues within Riyadh.

The prince said: “It is a new, happy day that brings with it a new sporting event to be added to the myriad of events organized or hosted by the Kingdom in its history and in the last three years in particular.

“All of this would not have been achieved without the unwavering care, attention and support accorded by King Salman and the crown prince to the sports sector,” he added.

Prizes of SAR1 million ($266,500) for each gold medal winner will be on offer, with SAR300,000 for a silver and SAR100,000 for a bronze.

"I am pleased to announce the launch of the first edition of the largest sporting event in the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Prince Abdul Aziz said.


Ibrahimovic’s return to training with Sweden’s Hammarby sparks rumors about future

Updated 10 April 2020

Ibrahimovic’s return to training with Sweden’s Hammarby sparks rumors about future

STOCKHOLM: AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to training in Sweden with Hammarby, the club he part owns, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to lockdown Italy, has fueled speculation regarding his future.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported the 38-year-old Ibrahimovic will choose against renewing his Milan deal which finishes at the end of the season.

The Swedish outfit’s president, Richard Von Yxkull, said the decision was in the hands of the attacker who played 116 times for his country before retiring from international duty in 2016.

“It’s about knowing how Zlatan sees his future and what he wants to do,” Von Yxkull told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Earlier in April the Spanish, Italian, French and Dutch league winner said he wanted to stay in the game after retiring.

“I want to learn something new about football, with a different angle. I will contribute from the sidelines, not on the pitch,” he told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Ibrahimovic’s last Milan appearance was the loss to Genoa on March 8.

All football in Italy has been suspended due to the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of nearly 18,000 people in the country.

Measures to fight the outbreak in Sweden are lighter which have allowed Ibrahimovic to train with Stockholm’s Hammarby, a side which he bought a 25-percent share in last November.

Ibrahimovic started his career with hometown club Malmo before trophy-laden spells with some of the world’s biggest outfits including Juventus, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before rejoining Milan in January.