Saudi National Team Participates in World Youth Weightlifting Championships in Peru

Riyadh: The Saudi weightlifting team will participate in the World Youth Weightlifting Championship Under 17, which will be held in Lima, Peru, from May 22-26, 2024. The championship will witness the presence of 284 weightlifters representing 51 countries. The team's weightlifters set up a preparatory camp for 33 days in Morocco before heading to Peru to participate in the tournament. Head of the Saudi mission, Mohamed Al-Harbi, stressed the keenness of the Saudi Arabian Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Federation to prepare the players physically and psychologically for the tournament, by establishing such camps. The federation aims to prepare a promising generation that competes on continental, global and Olympic platforms. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Karate Team Wins Five Medals in World Youth League Championship in Spain

Riyadh: The Saudi karate team concluded participation in the World Youth League Championship of the International Karate Federation, featuring the categories of U-14, juniors, youth, and Olympic, held in Acrona, Spain May 16 to 19. The Saudi team won five medals, including gold, silver, and three bronze, across various categories in martial-arts competitions. Source: Saudi Press Agency

West Asian Deaf Federation Council Approves Saudi Arabia’s Bid to Host the 2025 West Asian Deaf Bowling Championship in Riyadh

Riyadh: The Board of Directors of the West Asian Regional Federation for Deaf Sports has held a meeting in the capital, Riyadh, headed by the President of the Federation, Dr. Saeed bin Mohammed Al-Qahtani. The meeting, which took place yesterday was attended by the President of the Asian Pacific Federation for Deaf Sports, Muhammad Pargar, it was reported today. During the meeting, which discussed many topics, it was decided that the Kingdom will host the West Asia Bowling Championship for the Deaf in 2025. Among other issues, the renewal of the membership of the Board of Directors, pending the approval of the Federation's General Assembly next meeting as well as the adoption of the Federation's annual program during the coming period were also discussed. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Motorsport Company Announces Details of 6th Edition of Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia

Jeddah: Saudi Motorsport Company, operating under the umbrella of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, has announced the details of the sixth edition of the Dakar Rally, held in Saudi Arabia since 2020, which is one of the biggest races in the world of motorsports. Participants in the sixth edition of Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia will start on January 3, 2025, from Bisha, in the south of the Kingdom, and head north along the Red Sea before turning east towards Shaybah, in the Empty Quarter. Participants will cross the finish line on January 17, after having covered diverse desert landscapes over a distance of 950 kilometers. The rally will feature five stages on separate tracks to reduce the number of times cars overtake motorcycles. The event will include the prologue, the marathon stage, the mass start stage, and other exciting stages. Hundreds of participants are expected to compete in various categories, exploring some of the most breathtaking natural scenery and historical areas in the Kingdom. Source: Saudi Press Agency

‘Move Your World’ Summer Campaign by Saudi Sports for All Federation Aims to Encourage Regular Physical Activity

Riyadh: The Saudi Sports for All Federation has said that its 2024 summer campaign "Move Your World" aims to determine and address challenges hindering people from engaging in physical activities. The federation conducted a survey of men and women across the Kingdom and identified various such obstacles and difficulties. The campaign aims to identify obstacles and challenges preventing people from engaging in physical activities, encourage individuals to overcome these challenges, make physical activity part of their daily routine, and create an environment encouraging sports. The campaign gathers adult citizens' and of residents' opinions in an effort to find the main reasons preventing them from practicing sports or other physical activities regularly. One common reason for 46% of those polled is lack of time. Others, making up some 14%, pointed to health, disabilities, or injuries, about 13% cited social or family obligations, and 8% fear of injury. The federation aims to raise awareness among various segments of society about the benefits of physical activity, and help overcome the issues hindering it. The Move Your World campaign will continue throughout the summer, aiming to motivate people across the Kingdom to participate in weekly challenges via the Saudi Sports for All Federation application, and highlight how important physical activity is for all individuals. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Smash 2024 Continues Activities

Jeddah: The Saudi Smash 2024, a global table tennis tournament, began in May and is currently underway at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. The tournament features the world's top male and female players, all vying for a chance to advance to the final rounds. Yesterday, a total of 29 matches were played across five categories: men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Surprising upsets occurred throughout the day, with lower-ranked players achieving victories over higher-ranked opponents. In the men's doubles round of 16, Saudi Arabia's Ali Al-Khadrawi and Abdulaziz Bushalibi faced off against the top-seeded Chinese pair of Chuqin Wang and Ma Long. Despite a valiant effort, the Saudi team fell to the Chinese duo in straight sets (3-0). Bushalibi, one of the Saudi players, expressed the importance of the tournament for the national team, stating that the experience gained from playing against the world's best is invaluable. He also noted that playing in front of a home crowd is an unforgettable experience that motivates players to strive for success. The Saudi Smash 2024 has a global audience in over 165 countries, with over 2.26 million viewing hours on live and recorded broadcasts. Source: Saudi Press Agency