2024 Fencing World Championship for Juniors and Cadets Ends

Riyadh: The 2024 Fencing World Championship for Juniors and Cadets, hosted by Riyadh and in which 1,700 athletes representing over 100 countries took part, concluded yesterday at the King Saud University Arena. President of the Asian and Arab Fencing Federations Sheikh Salem Al Qasimi crowned the winners of the final day of the under-20 teams (U20) tournament. The US won the gold medal, the Romanian team won silver, and the Italian team won the bronze medal. Saudi Fencing Federation Board Member Lama Al Fozan crowned the women winners of the tournament U20 teams. The French team won gold, Italy silver, and Hungary bronze. Attending the crowning ceremony were Vice President of the International Fencing Federation Abdel Moneim El-Husseiny and President of the Saudi Fencing Federation Ahmed Alsabban. Source: Saudi Press Agency

AFC Champions League: Al Ain vs Al Hilal Match Postponed Due to Adverse Weather Conditions

Riyadh: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the postponement of the match between Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia for 24 hours due to weather conditions after it was scheduled to be played this evening at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals. The AFC said in a statement on its official website that the postponement of the match between Al Ain of the UAE and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia during the first leg of the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League 2023-2024 was due to weather conditions. The match was scheduled to kick-off at 8:00 pm UAE time, but following the directives of the authorities in the UAE, the UAE Football Association suspended all football activities today, Tuesday in order to maintain the safety of fans, players and all parties. The match is rescheduled to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in the same stadium and at the same time. Since Monday, the UAE has been hit by a strong storm accompanied by heavy rain. The UAE government announced remote work and study for employees and students, and the sports federations postponed all scheduled activities for Tuesday. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Horses Examined, Equestrians Gear Up with First Training Session ahead of 2024 FEI World Cup Finals

Riyadh: In anticipation of the FEI Jumping and Dressage World Cup Finals 2024, riders from around the globe, including the top six show jumpers in the world rankings, commenced their training regimen on Monday. This initial session lays the groundwork for the upcoming championship, scheduled to commence at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC) in just two days' time. The action will unfold on Wednesday and span over four days within an indoor arena, marking the first time for the Middle East to host the competition. A total of 51 equestrians, comprising both male and female riders from 24 nations, are poised to showcase their skills in the championship. On another front, the championship organizing committee has completed the comprehensive veterinary examination for all 60 participating horses at the competition venue. The examinations encompassed a variety of essential factors, including thorough physical and medical assessments, as well as evaluations aligned with the standard s governing show jumping and dressage horses. Utilizing devices to measure hoof sensitivity, the examinations also ensured that the horses received necessary vaccinations while verifying the validity of their passports. Following the examinations, riders were cleared to begin their warm-up routines, enabling them to acclimatize to the arena awaiting them. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Abu Dhabi to Host Semi-Finals of Diriyah Saudi Super Cup 2024

Abu Dhabi, The Diriyah Saudi Super Cup 2024 semi-finals will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from April 8-11. First, Al-Ittihad faces Al-Wahda at Al Nahyan Stadium, then Al-Hilal clashes with Al-Nassr at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. All teams have made thorough preparations for these crucial matches. The Diriyah Saudi Super Cup is being held outside Saudi Arabia for the fourth time, and it is the first time to be held in another Arab country. The three previous editions were held in London. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Leads Saudi Arabia’s Delegation at SportAccord 2024 in the UK

Riyadh: The Minister of Sport and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, is leading the Kingdom's delegation at SportAccord 2024, a sports gathering. The event, which began on Monday in Birmingham, will last four days and is being attended by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), Robin E. Mitchell. SportAccord 2024 also features the participation of numerous international sports federations and other sports organizations, making it the world's foremost global sports gathering held annually under the umbrella of the SportAccord organization. The Saudi delegation includes the Vice President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Prince Fahad bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, as well as CEO and Secretary General of the committee, Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Baeshen. Additionally, several workshops focusing on topics such as sports and health, hosting mega sports events, and sports legislation will be conducted on the sidelines of the convention. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Top 6 Ranked Equestrians Spark Excitement in Riyadh at 2024 FEI World Cup Series Finals in Dressage and Jumping

Riyadh: The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has unveiled the official lineup of participants for the 2024 FEI World Cup Series Finals (Dressage and Jumping), marking the first time these prestigious events will be held in the Middle East, specifically in Riyadh. The release of the participant list has ignited anticipation and excitement within the equestrian community, as it includes the top six consecutive riders in the world rankings. Leading the pack is Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann, the reigning titleholder, followed by German rider Isabell Werth, Swiss rider Steve Guerdat, and French riders Julien Epaillard and Kent Farrington, all of whom rank among the top five participants in both dressage and show jumping. Riyadh is set to host the largest finals in show jumping from April 16th to 20th, with the competitions slated to take place at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center within an indoor arena. The event promises a unique atmosphere, complemented by an area dedicate d to accompanying events for sponsors and participants. The decision to award Saudi Arabia the hosting rights for the world finals was announced by the FEI in November 2019. This milestone marks Saudi Arabia as the 12th country to host the championship since its inception in 1978, as it welcomes the 45th edition of the event. The finals will feature 34 world-class riders, including three Saudi representatives: Olympic medalist Ramzy Al-Duhami, Khaled Al-Mobty, who earned his spot through exceptional performances in international competitions, and Abdullah Al-Sharbatly, who clinched the Saudi team's bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Source: Saudi Press Agency