Saudi women complete doping control training course

Prince Fahad bin Jalawi awarding doping control officer certificates to Saudi women after completion of their training course. (Supplied)
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Updated 26 October 2020

Saudi women complete doping control training course

  • The three-day workshop covered the main areas of detection, awareness, and training

JEDDAH: A group of Saudi women received their doping control officer certificates on Monday from the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee vice president, Prince Fahad bin Jalawi, and the director of sports and federations relations, Princess Dilayel bint Nahar.

The ceremony was held after the 30 trainees successfully completed the first womens’ doping control officer training course. It was organized by the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee (SAADC) under the supervision of its president, Dr. Mohammed Salih Alqunbaz, and its secretary-general, Abdulaziz Almsaad, at Riyadh’s Prince Faisal bin Fahd Olympic Complex.

The three-day workshop covered the main areas of detection, awareness, and training. It also included written and practical exams to obtain the certificate. 

According to SAADC officials, doping control officers play a crucial role and have a great responsibility in ensuring the success of sporting events at all levels.

Prince Fahad thanked the trainees for their commitment and progress in obtaining their certificates and wished them every success in their mission. “We are proud of our Saudi women and what they are achieving in this field of sports, including at SAADC,” he said.

He thanked the SAADC for its contribution to improving the Kingdom’s capacity to carry out doping control tasks and maintaining a clean and safe sports environment.

Golf Saudi strikes partnership with the Club Managers Association of Europe

Updated 30 November 2020

Golf Saudi strikes partnership with the Club Managers Association of Europe

  • Educational program will be tailored to support Saudis’ career pathway in and through golf

RIYADH: Golf Saudi and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) have signed an ambitious new partnership to work together to roll out a certified Arabic language educational program. This is the first of its kind, aimed at encouraging Saudi nationals to pursue a career in golf.

CMAE will set up an education platform in Saudi Arabia, drawing on its industry-renowned approach, to assist Golf Saudi in developing the domestic golf talent pool and ultimately creating new Saudi national certified club managers.

The association is a nonprofit making professional body with members involved in the management of sports clubs, health and fitness clubs and leisure, city and dining clubs in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Commenting on the partnership, CMAE’s director of education, Torbjörn Johansson, said: “Golf Saudi’s pursuit of creating a progressive domestic golf market is asking some big questions of the industry and leading organizations. The domestic plans to not only train up but also equip aspiring talent are a major step and CMAE is proud to be a partner and on-hand to provide the tools and analytic expertise.” 

The CEO of Golf Saudi, Majed Al-Sorour, said: “Our partnership with CMAE is incredibly important for Golf Saudi, but also for the golf industry at large. This is only possible if we are able to upskill our domestic workforce. Golf is good for business and can provide a direct boost to the Kingdom’s GDP, as well as providing lucrative jobs and creating new enterprise. These are exciting times for the golf industry in Saudi Arabia and this agreement with the CMAE helps us to develop a world-class training program that will support young Saudi adults in unlocking the full potential of their future career paths within the golf industry.”

Golf Saudi, a subsidiary of the Saudi Golf Federation, is committed to delivering a national development program that transforms the golfing landscape and aims to create 3,700 jobs by 2030.

Since its formation in 2018, Golf Saudi has embarked on an ambitious national golf strategy, which has worked to support the Kingdom’s impressive Vision 2030. This agreement recognizes the importance of training the next generation of Saudis to meet expected future demand, particularly from international tourists, enhancing Saudi Arabia as a golfing destination.