SFA urges Saudis to walk for National Day

To mark Saudi National Day on Sept. 23, the SFA is inviting people to step, walk and run in honor of the country. (Supplied)
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Updated 16 September 2020

SFA urges Saudis to walk for National Day

  • The federation hopes to see 7,055 people participate in its National Day campaign, representing the 7,055 kms that make up the country’s land and sea borders
  • The number of participants will be tracked across SFA’s social media channels, with each new participant lighting up a section of the border on a virtual map of Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Sports for All Federation (SFA) is calling on people across Saudi Arabia to commit to wellness in the Kingdom by striding forward in unison. To mark Saudi National Day on Sept. 23, the SFA is inviting people to step, walk and run in honor of the country; to put their best foot forward and signal their intentions to help lead Saudi Arabia into a healthy, active and positive future.

The federation hopes to see at least 7,055 people participate in its National Day campaign, representing the 7,055 kilometers that make up the country’s land and sea borders. Every type of exercise and physical activity is allowed, so participants are welcome to share all of their workouts, from gymnastics and hiking to boxing and skating.

The number of participants will be tracked across SFA’s social media channels, with each new participant lighting up a section of the border on a virtual map of Saudi Arabia.

People of all ages and abilities from across the Kingdom’s provinces are encouraged to join the mass event to mark the 90th National Day, and are urged to share photos and videos of their participation using the hashtag “We’re Moving Forward” on Twitter and Instagram.

There are no target steps or distances for people to reach; rather, citizens and residents alike are being asked to show their patriotism through fitness and well-being. It is the latest in a long line of events, activities, challenges and campaigns launched by the SFA to encourage a more active Saudi Arabia, including “Move to Game,” which has seen people take in excess of 8 billion steps, and “Step Together” in July, during which participants ran and walked a combined distance of 44,850 kilometers.

Under the banner of the “Quality of Life” program and closely supported by the Ministry of Sports, the federation seeks to contribute to Vision 2030 by growing physical activity levels across the country, ensuring that a healthy mindset is mainstream in Saudi society, and working toward the nation’s goal of increasing participation in weekly sports to 40 percent of the population by 2030.

In Saudi Arabia, the fitness segment is expected to reach $84 million by the end of 2020, and projected to rise to $93 million by 2024, helping Vision 2030’s aim of economic diversity. 


Lakers beat Nuggets in Game 5 to reach NBA Finals

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Lakers beat Nuggets in Game 5 to reach NBA Finals

  • The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA Finals — and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.
James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals in five games.
James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA Finals. It took him two seasons to make it with the Lakers, after falling short of the playoffs in an injury-plagued first season following eight consecutive trips with Miami and Cleveland.
“My teammates said bring us home and it was my responsibility to try to make the right plays and do the right things on the floor to help us win ballgames,” James said during a trophy presentation in mostly empty arena at Disney World, instead of in front of their fans at Staples Center.
The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history. They haven’t played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the last of their 16 titles.
Anthony Davis added 27 points and will end his first season with Los Angeles by playing in his first NBA Finals.
Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant each scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who had fought off elimination six times before the Lakers finally put them away. Jamal Murray added 19 points and eight assists but the star guard struggled with some leg or foot pain and lacked his usual explosiveness.
The Nuggets had come back from 3-1 down in the first two rounds before being finally ousted a month since they would have departed the bubble had they lost the first time they faced elimination, in Game 5 against Utah on Aug. 25.
Denver fell far behind one more time but James wouldn’t allow another comeback.
The lead was up to 72-56 four minutes into the third with Murray hobbling, but the Nuggets — who were down 15 in the third quarter of Game 5 against Utah and 16 at the same point of Game 5 against the Clippers — put together a comeback fueled largely by Grant. They came all the way back to tie at 84 on Murray’s free throws, before Davis made a 3-pointer with a second to go.
James made consecutive baskets while getting fouled early in the fourth, pushing a two-point lead to 95-88. When Denver made one last push to cut it to four, James set up Danny Green for a 3-pointer for his 10th assist, then made a jumper himself to extend it to 108-99.
Nuggets: The Nuggets became the 16th team in NBA history to lose 10 games in a single postseason. The record is 11, shared by four teams, most recently the 2009 Orlando Magic. They also became the second team to play at least 19 games in a single playoff and finish with a record below .500; they were 9-10, as were the Washington Bullets in the 1979 postseason.
Lakers: The Lakers have wrapped up all three series in five games. ... Coach Frank Vogel said Davis was bothered by just some minor soreness after rolling his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 4.

END OF THE ROAD
Game 5 came on Denver coach Michael Malone’s 82nd day in the bubble after arriving July 7. He thinks the time showed that the Nuggets are headed in the right direction and hoped it would last few weeks longer.
“But when I think about this whole experience, as crazy as it sounds — and it’s been hard being away from family — being with the players and staff and the front office, everyone that’s here, has made this a lot easier than I imagine it could be otherwise,” Malone said.

SEASONS CHANGE
NBA teams usually start training camp near the end of September and Vogel said it was strange to be playing conference finals games, which usually happen near the end of May.
“Very much so, especially because we are in Florida and it’s 90 degrees every day, still,” he said. “Somebody told me that it’s fall the other day and I didn’t really believe them. It’s very unusual to be playing playoff basketball in the fall in 90-degree weather.”