Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests positive for coronavirus

AC Milan’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the Italian Serie A football match against Bologna at the San Siro stadium in Milan, September 21, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 24 September 2020

Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests positive for coronavirus

  • Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 on October 3, has been placed in quarantine at home
  • The striker, who rejoined AC Milan last January, has scored three goals in two games so far this season

MILAN: AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for coronavirus, the Italian club said on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 on October 3, has been placed in quarantine at home following the test carried out ahead of the team’s Europa League tie against Norwegian side Bodo-Glimt.
“Ibrahimovic has tested positive for the swab performed for today’s match, Milan-Bodo/Glimt,” the Serie A side said ahead of their Europa League match against the Norwegian outfit.
“We have informed the competent health authorities and the player was promptly placed in home quarantine.
“All the other swabs carried out on the team group were negative.”
AC Milan’s Brazilian defender Leo Duarte tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic, who rejoined AC Milan last January, has scored three goals in two games so far this season — a double in their Serie A opener against Bologna last weekend having also netted against Irish side Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.


Golf Saudi strikes partnership with the Club Managers Association of Europe

Updated 30 November 2020

Golf Saudi strikes partnership with the Club Managers Association of Europe

  • Educational program will be tailored to support Saudis’ career pathway in and through golf

RIYADH: Golf Saudi and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) have signed an ambitious new partnership to work together to roll out a certified Arabic language educational program. This is the first of its kind, aimed at encouraging Saudi nationals to pursue a career in golf.

CMAE will set up an education platform in Saudi Arabia, drawing on its industry-renowned approach, to assist Golf Saudi in developing the domestic golf talent pool and ultimately creating new Saudi national certified club managers.

The association is a nonprofit making professional body with members involved in the management of sports clubs, health and fitness clubs and leisure, city and dining clubs in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Commenting on the partnership, CMAE’s director of education, Torbjörn Johansson, said: “Golf Saudi’s pursuit of creating a progressive domestic golf market is asking some big questions of the industry and leading organizations. The domestic plans to not only train up but also equip aspiring talent are a major step and CMAE is proud to be a partner and on-hand to provide the tools and analytic expertise.” 

The CEO of Golf Saudi, Majed Al-Sorour, said: “Our partnership with CMAE is incredibly important for Golf Saudi, but also for the golf industry at large. This is only possible if we are able to upskill our domestic workforce. Golf is good for business and can provide a direct boost to the Kingdom’s GDP, as well as providing lucrative jobs and creating new enterprise. These are exciting times for the golf industry in Saudi Arabia and this agreement with the CMAE helps us to develop a world-class training program that will support young Saudi adults in unlocking the full potential of their future career paths within the golf industry.”

Golf Saudi, a subsidiary of the Saudi Golf Federation, is committed to delivering a national development program that transforms the golfing landscape and aims to create 3,700 jobs by 2030.

Since its formation in 2018, Golf Saudi has embarked on an ambitious national golf strategy, which has worked to support the Kingdom’s impressive Vision 2030. This agreement recognizes the importance of training the next generation of Saudis to meet expected future demand, particularly from international tourists, enhancing Saudi Arabia as a golfing destination.