Saudi golf boss Al-Rumayyan honored with award

Yasir Al-Rumayyan with Gary Player of South Africa and Australia’s Greg Norman. (Photo courtesy: Noel A. Alipoyo / OR Media Madarat)
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Updated 02 February 2020

Saudi golf boss Al-Rumayyan honored with award

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY: The chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi received an award on Sunday for his role in developing the sport in the Kingdom.

Yasir Al-Rumayyan was given the Global Golf Vision Distinction Award at a ceremony on the sidelines of the Saudi International golf tournament at the Royal Green Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

Leading US-based industry magazine Golf Inc presented Al-Rumayyan with the award. 

It said: “The award is a recognition of the vision and the strategy that has been conceived by Golf Saudi under the guidance of Yasir Al-Rumayyan. Golf Inc has recognized the environmental stewardship of the golf development program with a conservation concept. Golf Saudi has been working with Golf Inc to create awareness in the golf industry with the scale and ambition in the Kingdom to enact what we know overall as the incredible golf development program.”

South Africa’s Gary Player and Australian legend Greg Norman were among the federation’s guests. They are also among the speakers at a golf summit.

Al-Rumayyan expressed his gratitude for the award, adding he was a “real fan” of the golfers present. “I couldn’t thank everyone enough. Of course (I thank) the European Tour for having the second Saudi International as part of their tour. Last year was an amazing year for us. This golf course is a young golf course. And this year it’s even better.”

The Golf Saudi Summit, which ends Feb. 4, involves government ministers, senior executives and former players giving their take on the future of the game.


Rain causes fresh delay to England-Pakistan 2nd Test

Updated 15 August 2020

Rain causes fresh delay to England-Pakistan 2nd Test

  • Pakistan, 1-0 down in a three-match series, will resume on 223-9 in their first innings
  • Mohammad Rizwan is not out at 60

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: Rain meant there was no play before lunch on the third day of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton on Saturday in a match already plagued by stoppages for bad weather.
Play should have resumed at 11:00 am local time (1000 GMT) but light rain meant the pitch and square remained fully covered, with the floodlights then on full beam.
Had the players been on the field, play may well have continued given the rain was only of the ‘spitting’ kind.
But, with no spectators present in a series being played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus, the floodlights were then switched off in a clear indication the umpires had decided there would not be any action before lunch.
Pakistan, 1-0 down in a three-match series, will resume on 223-9 in their first innings, after winning the toss, following a second day where only 40 overs’ play took place.
Mohammad Rizwan batted with huge skill and resolve in overcast, swing-friendly conditions, to be 60 not out.
In partnership with dogged tailender Mohammad Abbas (two off 20 balls), the wicketkeeper took Pakistan past 200 in a ninth-wicket after they had come together with the tourists struggling at 176-8.
This was Rizwan’s second fifty in eight career Tests following his 95 against Australia in Brisbane in November.
Pakistan were also indebted to opener Abid Ali (60) and Babar Azam (47) for painstaking innings when the conditions were stacked against the batsmen.
Meanwhile in-form paceman Stuart Broad became the first England bowler since off-spinner Graeme Swann 11 years ago to take at least three wickets in seven consecutive Test innings thanks to a return of 3-56 in 25 overs.
Broad has taken 25 wickets in four Test so far this season at a misery average of 12.88.
Victory in this match will see England secure their first series win over Pakistan since 2010.