Gamers8: The Land of Heroes set to debut TEKKEN 7 Nations Cup with $1m prize pool

Gamers8: The Land of Heroes set to debut TEKKEN 7 Nations Cup with $1m prize pool
TEKKEN 7 Nations Cup will debut at Gamers8 in Riyadh. (SEF)
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Updated 06 July 2023
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Gamers8: The Land of Heroes set to debut TEKKEN 7 Nations Cup with $1m prize pool

Gamers8: The Land of Heroes set to debut TEKKEN 7 Nations Cup with $1m prize pool
  • Four-day tournament will run from July 6-9 in Riyadh
  • TEKKEN franchise one of biggest ever, makes way to Gamers8 for first time

RIYADH: Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the biggest esports and gaming festival in the world, has launched its summer schedule with 16 of the world’s best TEKKEN 7 sides battling it out in the new competition for prize money of $1 million.

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation live from Boulevard Riyadh City, the TEKKEN 7 Nations Cup marks the franchise’s debut at Gamers8.

Each team will choose a roster of more than 50 characters as they fight to progress through the competition and claim their share of the prize pool.

Running from July 6 to 9, the tournament will provide story-driven cinematic battles and duels for those in attendance and the watching global audience. Alongside the Fortnite tournament, TEKKEN 7 is opening Gamers8: The Land of Heroes with a top prize of $500,000 awaiting the victors.

TEKKEN 7 ranks among the most popular instalments in gaming franchise history and is one of the top 10 best-selling fighting games ever.

Faisal bin Homran, the federation’s director of esports, said: “We are incredibly excited to have a TEKKEN 7 tournament as part of Gamers8: The Land of Heroes and this upcoming event is certain to capture the interest and imagination of gamers near and far.

“Welcoming a franchise with such prestige and enduring appeal as TEKKEN really highlights how our festival has evolved in such a short period of time.

“By bringing all the greatest TEKKEN 7 players on the planet to Riyadh to compete against each other in this special tournament, I’m thrilled that our vision has been realized,” he added.


Kingdom’s Olympic committee VP announces third edition of Saudi Games for 2024

Kingdom’s Olympic committee VP announces third edition of Saudi Games for 2024
Updated 11 December 2023
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Kingdom’s Olympic committee VP announces third edition of Saudi Games for 2024

Kingdom’s Olympic committee VP announces third edition of Saudi Games for 2024
  • Prince Fahd made the announcement on behalf of Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal

RIYADH: Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz, vice president of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee and director of the Saudi Games, on Sunday announced the third edition of the games would be held in 2024.

Prince Fahd made the announcement on behalf of Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, minister of sports, at the closing ceremony of the second edition on Sunday in the games’ Fan Zone.

More than 8,000 participants, competing in 53 sports, took part in this year’s edition.

Prince Fahd said he was proud of the organizational success of the Saudi Games, stressing that this achievement would not have been achieved without the support of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He also thanked everyone who contributed to the success of event.


Gold medals awarded across events on penultimate day of Saudi Games action

Gold medals awarded across events on penultimate day of Saudi Games action
Updated 10 December 2023
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Gold medals awarded across events on penultimate day of Saudi Games action

Gold medals awarded across events on penultimate day of Saudi Games action

RIYADH: Gold medals in events including equestrian endurance, beach volleyball and golf were awarded on Saturday during the penultimate day’s competition of the Saudi Games.

Prince Abdullah bin Fahd, president of the Saudi Equestrian Federation awarded the gold medal to the MS Endurance team at the conclusion of the endurance racing event at Al-Khaldiyah International Village in Riyadh.

Hassan and Qusai Al-Abdulbaqi won beach volleyball gold and over in the women’s competition Svetlana Ivanova and Francille Crispim came out on top. Also on Saturday, Azzam Alabdulmunim and Razan Zadah won cycling gold medals, respectively.

Othman Al-Mulla grabbed the gold medal in the men’s golf competition and Alexandra Van Oordt was victorious in the women’s, which were both held at the Riyadh Golf Club. 

Al-Ittihad’s Ammar Al-Hogbani was crowned champion over his brother Saud in the final match of the men’s tennis competition, which was held at the Tennis Courts of Prince Faisal bin Fahd Olympic Complex. Nadia Laaroussi, a player for Al-Nassr, won the gold medal in the women’s competition.

The Jeddah Deaf Club team won the gold medal for the Futsal after defeating the Qatif Deaf Center in the final with a score of 7-1, while the Riyadh Deaf Club secured the bronze medal after defeating the Mecca Deaf Center with a score of 11-7 in the third-place match. 

On Saturday, there were also medals awarded at the conclusion of the youth judo, men’s and women’s padel, sailing and handball competitions.


Ub Huishan win FIBA 3x3 World Tour title in Jeddah

Ub Huishan win FIBA 3x3 World Tour title in Jeddah
Updated 10 December 2023
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Ub Huishan win FIBA 3x3 World Tour title in Jeddah

Ub Huishan win FIBA 3x3 World Tour title in Jeddah
  • The unbeaten Ub won all five of their games in the tournament

JEDDAH: Serbian basketball side Ub Huishan NE continued their dominance in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour final after clinching the championship title on Saturday night at the Jeddah Corniche Arena.

The unbeaten Ub, who won all five of their games in the tournament, including a hard-fought battle against Antwerp in the semi-final, defeated Amsterdam 21-15 in the final match.

Star player Strahinja Stojacic scooped the most valuable player award in Jeddah after leading his side to back-to-back World Tour victories.

Known as Dr. Strange, Stojacic led his side in scoring with 32 points, six of them coming in the final against Amsterdam which proved to be the difference.

He also came top in his side for player value with a score of 38.3 as his impact earned him the MVP honor.

Attendances on the last day of the final in Jeddah lived up to the expectations of organizers after the majority of seats at the Corniche Arena were filled.

Ghassan Tashkandi, president of Saudi Basketball Federation, congratulated Team Ub for their victory and praised the high level of skill displayed by all the teams participating in the tournament.


Saudi sports minister, IOC chief meet in Riyadh

Saudi sports minister, IOC chief meet in Riyadh
Updated 10 December 2023
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Saudi sports minister, IOC chief meet in Riyadh

Saudi sports minister, IOC chief meet in Riyadh
  • Visit is Bach’s third to Saudi Arabia since being elected as the IOC’s president in 2013

RIYADH: Minister of sports and president of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC) received the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, upon his arrival in the Kingdom on Saturday.

The Olympic chief and Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz held their meeting in Riyadh.

The trip is Bach’s third to Saudi Arabia since being elected as the IOC’s president in 2013.

As part of his visit, Bach was given a tour of the facilities hosting the ongoing Saudi Games 2023.

During their meeting, the two discussed the major role played by the Kingdom on the global sporting stage was discussed, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The visit underscored the robust relationship between the two sides, in line with Saudi Vision 2030, SPA added. 

The vision has positioned the Kingdom as a permanent hub for global sports through the hosting of several significant sporting events.

Among these are the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2025, the Asian Winter Games TROJENA 2029, and the Asian Games Riyadh 2034, in addition to numerous championships and sporting events.

 


Saudi Games medalists awarded

Saudi Games medalists awarded
Updated 09 December 2023
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Saudi Games medalists awarded

Saudi Games medalists awarded
  • Athletes from across the Kingdom clinched medals in chess, rowing and judo at the Saudi Games
  • The award ceremony was held at Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex Swimming Hall

RIYADH: Vice President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Director of the Saudi Games Prince Fahad bin Jalawi has crowned the champions of the chess competitions.
The award ceremony was held at Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex Swimming Hall in the presence of Dr. Abdullah Al-Wahshy, president of the Saudi Chess Federation.
In the men’s classic category, Ahmed Al-Rehaili secured the gold, Mohammed Salahat claimed the silver medal and Ahmed Al-Thebaiti clinched the bronze. In the women’s classic category, Dalia Al-Semairi earned the gold, followed by Hala Shahein with silver and Asma Al-Jabri with bronze.
Prince Fahad also awarded the winners of the judo competitions held yesterday at King Saud University’s Multipurpose Hall, in the presence of Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Bassam, president of the Saudi Judo Federation, and Matthew Favier, CEO of the Saudi Olympic Training Center.

Three gold medals for AlUla in judo
Men’s judo saw AlUla sweep the 60 kg podium yesterday, with club members Mohammed Firaq securing the gold medal, Mutaz Khawjah claiming silver, and Mohammed Falatah and Ali Menwayi clinching the bronze medals.
Abdullaziz Al-Bishi, representing AlUla, secured the gold medal in the men’s under 66 kg weight category, while Al-Qadisiyah’s Nader Hazazi took silver, and Al-Ittihad’s Abdullah Al-Barkati and Al-Ula’s Mounis Hawsawi shared the bronze.
In the men’s under 73 kg category, Abdullah Hammad from AlUla claimed gold. At the same time, Jawad Srdidi from Al-Shabab won silver, and Sulaiman Hamad from AlUla and Yassir Ayyad from Al-Ittihad earned bronze.
Additionally, Nayef Mazio from AlUla secured gold in the men’s over 90 kg weight category, with Rakan Zidan from Al-Tai winning silver, and Abdulkarim Al-Bishi from Al-Qadisiyah and Amjad Fallatah from Al-Qilwah claiming bronze.


Al-Qadisiyah cycling team clinches gold
Following yesterday’s events, Al-Qadisiyah cycling team was awarded the men’s team time trial gold with a race time of two hours, 16 minutes and 16 seconds. The team consisted of Faisal Suleiman Al-Shaya, Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Omrani, Youssef Bilal Bdadou and Badr Abdulaziz Al-Muhanna.
Al-Salam team secured a second-place finish with a time of two hours, four minutes and 23 seconds, followed by Al-Fateh in third place with a time of two hours, four minutes and 54 seconds.
The winners were awarded by Abdullah Al-Wathlan, president of the Saudi Cycling Federation, and Asmaa bint Jasser Al-Jasser, the federation’s vice president.

Indoor rowing culminates
Ali Hussein Reza, president of the Saudi Rowing Federation, awarded Hassan Qadri the gold medal in the men’s 2000-meter rowing competition held yesterday at the Mahd Academy in the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex.
In the men’s 2000-meter event, Hassan Qadri took the gold with a final time of six minutes, 15 seconds, Rakan Alireza secured silver with six minutes, 15 seconds, and nine millizeconds, and Daniel Rover clinched bronze with six minutes, 19 seconds.
In the women’s 2000-meter competition, Emma Merrick secured the gold medal with a final time of seven minutes, 23 seconds, Haya Al-Mamy earned silver with a time of seven minutes, 29 seconds, and Kariman Abuljadayel took bronze with a time of seven minutes, 33 seconds.
In the mixed team indoor rowing competition, Team One, represented by Paula Rodrigues, Alanood Al-Solahim, Khaled Al-Dawood and Abdulrahman Mahmoud, secured the gold medal with a time of five minutes, 45 seconds. Team Seven, represented by Bassim Al-Amer, Jude Al-Talhi, Muteb Burayk and Ghady Ahmed, secured silver with a final time of five minutes, 51 seconds.

Rugby Sevens concludes
The Saudi Wolves clinched the gold medal in the Rugby Sevens competition, which concluded yesterday at Al-Riyadh Club. The Riyadh Falcons earned the silver medal, while Jeddah RFC secured the bronze. Ali Al-Dajani, president of the Saudi Rugby Federation, awarded the winners.