Golf Saudi Summit tees off

The event will highlight the lucrative opportunities the game has to offer in the Kingdom, through its ability to drive real estate, corporate, tourism and business-to-business benefits. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 November 2019

Golf Saudi Summit tees off

  • Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the sport’s rapid growth in the Kingdom
  • The event focuses on access and infrastructure, events, national team and academies, mass participation and tourism

JEDDAH: A new global golf business event, the Golf Saudi Summit, was launched in Riyadh on Sunday.

The event will bring together captains of industry and national leaders to debate hot topics and modern development tactics at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers from Feb. 2-4, 2020.

Staged in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, the event will give guests the opportunity to learn more about golf’s rapid growth in the Kingdom and provide an opportunity to unite stakeholders of the game and evolve key business relations.

Attendees will be able to see first-hand how the nation has taken major strides in developing the game through Golf Saudi’s commitment to creating an active new ecosystem, which attending businesses will be given the opportunity to tap into. This focuses on five pillars — access and infrastructure, events, national team and academies, mass participation and tourism.

The economic impact of the golf tourism sector on the Kingdom has been significant and consequently has become a major consideration for both the Saudi Golf Federation (SGF) and Golf Saudi, laying the ground for this year’s inaugural summit.

Golf Saudi is a wholly owned subsidiary of the SGF, mandated to establish an active and sustainable new ecosystem for the game’s national endeavor, in direct support of Vision 2030.

HIGHLIGHTS

Staged in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, the event will offer the opportunity to unite stakeholders of the game and evolve key business relations.

Attendees will be able to see how the nation has taken major strides in developing the game through Golf Saudi’s commitment to creating an active new ecosystem, which attending businesses will be given the opportunity to tap into.

The event focuses on five pillars — access and infrastructure, events, national team and academies, mass participation and tourism.

“Our commitment to the game of golf is founded on a national ambition for sports to act as a catalyst in realizing Vision 2030,” said Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi and the SGF.

“The Golf Saudi Summit will allow us to bring together a rich array of industry leaders and our own national stakeholders to share insights and build critical working relations. Saudi Arabia has one of the most ambitious programs in global golf history and it is our intention to layout pioneering programs that draw on new creative concepts, technology and best-practice, setting a new benchmark in the development space.”

Acting as the consumer-facing vehicle to implement SGF’s vision and mission, Golf Saudi has played a key role in laying down robust foundations, enabling the game’s long-term growth and sustainability.

Since its formation, Golf Saudi has drawn on its international and national expertise to prioritize the creation of an ecosystem that will allow the game to flourish and the people of Saudi Arabia to benefit. As part of this, education will be central to introducing new skills to the economy via worldwide alliances with recognized institutions.

Al-Sorour said: “To champion golf in Saudi Arabia, we need to harness the talent of our people through education and integration to develop the golf industry and inspire Saudis to thrive in the world of golf. Hosting marquee events such as the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers is a wonderful advert for golf, showcasing the natural beauty and modern lifestyle of Saudi Arabia and inspiring all generations to become involved in our sport. We look forward to welcoming everyone to King Abdullah Economic City, uniting key stakeholders to explore new opportunities together and building on our partnerships to progress our golf strategy.”

Golf Saudi has been at the forefront of the most significant national portfolio of courses in recent memory and the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in Jeddah has been fundamental to this overall strategy, hosting the inaugural Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers in 2019. The 2020 edition will see a returning cast that includes defending champion Dustin Johnson and will once again boast one of the strongest fields on the European Tour schedule.

The Saudi International and the Golf Saudi Summit will demonstrate the widespread appeal and lucrative opportunities the game has to offer in the Kingdom, through its ability to drive real estate, corporate, tourism and business-to-business benefits, as well as offering visitors the opportunity to experience the world’s best players going head-to-head.

For further information on the Golf Saudi Summit and to register interest, please visit www.golfsaudi.com/summit. For more information on the Saudi International, please visit www.golfsaudi.com


‘Water bottle’ weights lift Abu Dhabi athletes to world record

Updated 03 June 2020

‘Water bottle’ weights lift Abu Dhabi athletes to world record

  • Researchers, students claim Guinness World Record with novel training approach

DUBAI: Using water bottles and school bags full of books as weights helped two Abu Dhabi athletes clinch a Guinness World Record (GWR) in a gruelling physical challenge. 

Eva Clarke and Brandon Chin Loy competed as part of a mixed team to complete 12,502 chest to ground burpees in a 24-hour period, more than double the minimum requirement.

The group, including students from an Abu Dhabi university, attempted the record on May 3 and were told they had succeeded on May 27, the same day some members of the team graduated. 

Clarke, a fitness trainer and mother of three who holds a string of Guinness World Records, told Arab News on Monday that taking part in the latest attempt was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“We started training for this relay event before the lockdown and when the pandemic happened, we thought we had to make the event unique, so we continued to train on Zoom,” she said.

Clarke, who led the fitness classes, held up to 50 workout sessions during the 12-week lockdown, sometimes starting as early as 4:30 a.m.

“Since I had to continue training without access to weights, I made my own by carrying six-packs of water bottles and encouraged the group to do that as well. I am going to miss the online training,” she added.

Clarke’s previous 12 records included most pullups in one hour (female), 12 hours, and 24 hours, equivalent. She also holds titles for the most knuckle pushups in one minute (female), one hour, and 24 hours equivalent, as well as most burpees in 24 hours (female), and 12 hours, most chest to ground pushup burpees in 24 hours (female), and one minute. 

Clarke also completed the fastest marathon carrying a 40 lb. backpack (female) in the 2015 London Marathon.

The burpee, or squat thrust, is a full-body exercise used in strength training and aerobics. The movement is performed in four steps, known as the “four-count burpee.”

The team was joined by two witnesses during their record attempt through a live conference call. 

“For us, the pandemic is no time to turn into a couch potato. Instead, the team challenged each other to double down on their efforts, even if our gym sessions are on hold and we are separated from our teammates,” said Daniel Gill, assistant director of wellness at a UAE university, in a statement by GWR on Sunday.

Brandon Chin Loy, a computer engineering senior at an Abu Dhabi university who broke his first world record, told Arab News on Monday that he set the event as a goal for himself. 

“I trained under Eva, and it was crazy training which used to start at 4:30 a.m.,” he said.

The team trained six times a week and completed 500 burpees an hour along with other cardio exercises, he said.

“We had to get creative with weights, so I packed books in a bag and carried that,” said Chin Loy.

Team member Ivan Camponogara, a researcher in movement science, said: “Coming face to face with physical challenges never seems to deter me. I take on each adversity with a determined mindset and a will to succeed.” 

Shaddy Gaad, senior marketing manager at GWR’s MENA office, said: “They adapted quickly to our newly launched Remote Adjudication service, where we received their application, adjudicated it online, and presented them with the certificate in a chain video.”

Tereza Petrovicova, who celebrated her university graduation and a Guinness World Record on the same day, said: “This cannot be a better day for us. We thank Guinness World Records for accepting remote adjudication. This online feature creates two measures of accountability, and we did not want to be left behind the eight ball.”

Anna Erdi, who also graduated with a degree in psychology, said: “Mind and body are linked together. All it takes is just one decision to change your attitude 180 degrees. Once that decision is taken, normal will be different. It will not be the same normal, but it can be a better normal.”

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