Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority reveals strategy to support sports

General Sports Authority President Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, center, with officials of the Kingdom’s sports clubs during a press conference on Saturday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 22 July 2019

Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority reveals strategy to support sports

  • Goal is to implement an effective governance system that supports and maintains the clubs

JEDDAH: The General Sports Authority (GSA) revealed “a new chapter for sports in Saudi Arabia” at a press conference on Saturday, crediting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his “limitless” support.

The GSA’s new strategy has been developed “after careful study with prominent international experts, and with the help of federations around the world, to reach our desired goals,” Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, president of the GSA, revealed.

“What our clubs currently lack from our strategy is governance, and they have a huge financial deficit, and are not activating other types of sports, and have an unsustainable future,” he said. 

“We have 170 clubs today, participating in 22 sports and in 56 active federations. Seventy-nine clubs participate in four-to-five different sports, and only five clubs participate in more than 12 sports. 

Sports economy

Our goal is to implement an effective governance system that supports and maintains the clubs, increases the level of competitiveness across all sports, organizes the financial process and creates a flourishing sports economy.”

Al-Faisal explained that the government has allocated SR2.5 billion ($667 million) to the new project, and announced that the country’s professional sports leagues would each receive SR50 million, with an additional SR10 million “related to the development of club facilities.”

IN NUMBERS

• SR2.5 billion  the budget for  GSA’s strategy.

• SR50 million for each professional league.

He also stressed that the GSA’s strategy is not focused solely on football.
“Sports means all sports,” he said. “This step is the first stage to support and activate these sports before the announcement of the strategies that are special to the federations. The system to support different sports has a specialized SR480 million (dedicated to it).”

Al-Faisal also revealed that a “unified points system” had been used to measure the popularity of various sports, which were then ranked in two categories. Volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis and athletics are included in the first category, while karate, cycling, table tennis, swimming and taekwondo are included in the second.


Saudi, GCC artists explore relationship between man and architecture

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Saudi, GCC artists explore relationship between man and architecture

  • A large number of art and culture enthusiasts attended the opening ceremony

RIYADH: Deputy Minister of Culture Hamid bin Mohammed Fayez inaugurated an art exhibition titled “From Within” on Sunday evening, at the Diriyah Industrial Zone.

A large number of art and culture enthusiasts attended the opening ceremony. The exhibition will run until Dec. 26, and includes artworks by 27 artists from the Kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The artworks in the exhibition deal with the relationship between man and architecture, and how one can affect the other. They also explore human experiences over time, and the nature of society reflecting on patterns of architecture. 

“From Within” includes a variety of artworks in many mediums: Paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations that raise questions about the relationship between architecture and human behavior, and how human experiences and the nature of society reflect on the substance of civilization development.

FAST FACTS

• The artworks in the exhibition deal with the relationship between man and architecture, and how one can affect the other.

• ‘From Within’ includes a variety of artworks in many mediums: Paintings, sculptures, videos and installations that raise questions about the relationship between architecture and human behavior.

It is a part of the “Quality of Life” initiatives — programs that are designed to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 scheme. It is also part of a comprehensive plan developed by the Ministry of Culture to transform Diriyah into a contemporary arts area exhibiting art from the Kingdom and across the globe. 

The exhibition emphasizes the role of the ministry in supporting high-level artistic and cultural activities. The exhibition also highlights the ministry’s pursuit to open doors for artists to showcase their talent and creativity to local and international audiences.