Saudi athletic commission to launch series of virtual sessions with sports stars in Ramadan

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Saudi athletes will join virtual sessions throughout Ramadan hosted by the Kingdom’s athletic commission starting on Thursday. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 April 2020

Saudi athletic commission to launch series of virtual sessions with sports stars in Ramadan

RIYADH: Saudi athletes will join virtual sessions throughout Ramadan hosted by the Kingdom’s athletic commission starting on Thursday chaired by Saudi volleyball player Ibrahim Al-Moagil.




Saudi volleyball player Ibrahim Al-Moagil. (Supplied)

The Saudi Athlete Commission is hosting a series of forums for athletes to communicate with sport federations in the Kingdom on the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee’s YouTube channel, the first of which will feature Saudi 100 meter sprint national record holder Abdullah Abkar.




Saudi 100 meter sprint national record holder Abdullah Abkar. (Supplied)

He will be joined by Dalma Malhas, the Saudi Equestrian bronze medalist at the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and the Saudi water polo star Badr Al-Dughathir, the first Saudi to play at the LEN Champions League.




Dalma Malhas, the Saudi Equestrian bronze medalist at the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and the Saudi water polo star Badr Al-Dughathir. (Supplied)

Before announcing the sessions, the commission met with  the Olympic committee’s president Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal and agreed legal and administrative procedures to ensure rights for the Kingdom’s amateur athletes.

They also agreed to initiate a new registration system across several of Saudi Arabia’s sporting federations  called Semi Professional to provide more opportunities for athletes. 

Prince Abdulaziz said the forums would be a way for Saudi athletes to discuss and overcome any administrative or technical obstacles that may affect their future.


Newspaper apologizes for racist comment about Barça’s Fati

Updated 22 October 2020

Newspaper apologizes for racist comment about Barça’s Fati

  • ABC journalist Salvador Sostres wrote that ‘Ansu when running has something of a gazelle, or a very young, black street vendor running’ away from police
  • Teammate Antoine Griezmann: ‘Ansu is an exceptional young man who deserves the same respect as any human being — no to racism and no to bad manners’

BARCELONA, Spain: Barcelona player Ansu Fati received an apology in a Spanish newspaper on Thursday for being profiled racially by one of its journalists.
ABC journalist Salvador Sostres wrote of Barcelona’s win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday that “Ansu when running has something of a gazelle, or a very young, black street vendor running” away from police.
Teammate Antoine Griezmann was one of many readers who denounced the description by Sostres in a message on Twitter: “Ansu is an exceptional young man who deserves the same respect as any human being. No to racism and no to bad manners.”
ABC published an apology by Sostres on Thursday.
“My intention was to praise the beauty of Ansu’s movement and his talent as a very young player,” Sostres wrote. “Some expressions were understood as racist insults. Nothing was further from my intention, nor the very favorable opinion of the player that I have expressed in all the match reports I have written since his debut. I deeply lament the misunderstanding and I ask forgiveness if anyone has felt offended.”
Fati, who is Black, was born in Guinea Bissau and immigrated with his family to Spain when he was six years old. Now 17, he is one of Barcelona’s most promising players.
Barcelona says it was planning to sue the newspaper and journalist, but after Sostres’ apology it is reconsidering what course to take.