Runners Yasmine Al-Dabbagh and Mazen Al-Yassin have become the latest Saudi athletes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics set to start on July 23, the Arabic sports daily Arriyadiyah reported.
Al-Yassin has been confirmed to take part in the 400m race by the International Association of Athletics Federations, while Al-Dabbagh was nominated to represent Saudi Arabia in the 100m.
The latest announcement follows the International Weightlifting Federation confirming the qualification of Saudi athlete Mahmoud Al-Ahmeed for the men’s 73kg category in Tokyo.
Saudi Arabia has ensured 10 places in different sports at the games, including the U-23 football team, rowing’s Husein Alireza, Tarek Hamdi in karate, Sulaiman Hamad in judo, swimmer Youssef Bouarish, and table tennis player Ali Al-Khadrawi. Also on the plane to Tokyo is Saeed Al-Mutairi (shooting).
In the Paralympic Games, Abdel-Rahman Al-Qurashi, Fahad Al-Junaidel, Ali Al-Nakhli, Hassan Doshi, Sarah Al-Jumaah, and Al-Hanouf Abu Hamed all qualified in athletics events, while Maryam Al-Muraisel will compete in table tennis, and Ahmed Al-Sharbatly in the equestrian section.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s football team returned to Saudi Arabia after their fourth training camp in Marbella to take part in an indoor program in preparation for Tokyo. The side will face Brazil, Germany and the Ivory Coast in Group D of the men’s tournament.