Golf Saudi CEO: KSA is ‘open to the world’

Majed Al-Sorour
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Updated 11 November 2020

Golf Saudi CEO: KSA is ‘open to the world’

  • His comments come on the eve of the first-ever women’s golf tournament in the Kingdom

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY: As history beckons with the start on Thursday of the first-ever women’s golf tournament in Saudi Arabia, the man chiefly responsible for making it happen thanked the government for the opportunity and support to deliver the event despite the coronavirus pandemic.
“First of all, we have to thank the crown prince for giving us the opportunity to deliver the event,” Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, told Arab News on Wednesday.
Al-Sorour said the interior minister “has appointed to us a security committee that comprised all the bodies that we need so we have major security around the event and a major health assessment around the area.”
The historic women’s golf week starts with the first round of the Aramco Saudi Ladies International tournament at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
The Ladies European Tour, featuring some of the biggest names from the world of women’s golf, will vie for prizes totaling a record $1 million, and will be broadcast over four days to an estimated 340 million homes worldwide. 
It is the first-ever women-only professional golf tournament in the Kingdom, presented by the Public Investment Fund. 
Capping the week will be the $500,000 Saudi Ladies Team International on Nov. 17-19.
“Watch Saudi Arabia transform. We’re ready to go. We’re ready for business. We’re open to the world. And it’s only going to get better from here on out,” Al-Sorour said. “Welcome everybody. We’re looking forward to seeing you.”
He added: “We’re trying to do as much as we can to accommodate all our guests and deliver a great event. Everything is going smoothly.” 
Al-Sorour said: “The pandemic did impact us, but with great adversity our purveyors in the Kingdom have given us so many opportunities.”

Arteta eyes new signings as Arsenal shed fringe players

Updated 22 January 2021

Arteta eyes new signings as Arsenal shed fringe players

LONDON: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is focusing on potential signings in the January transfer window after trimming his squad but refused to be drawn on a loan move for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was released from his contract this week, while Mesut Ozil is on the brink of a transfer to Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have already left on loan deals as Arteta seeks to re-balance his squad.

The Arsenal boss, speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round match at Southampton, would not be drawn on reports linking the club with a loan move for Real’s attacking midfielder Odegaard.

But he said the focus would now turn to the entrance door rather than the exit at the Emirates.

“We are in that process now,” Arteta said on Thursday when asked if it was now time to start bringing players in.

“We have done the first part more or less and we are focusing now on the second phase.

“Obviously this market and the context makes it difficult, but we are looking at options and we will see what we can do.”

Arteta, whose team are FA Cup holders, said the departures had left his squad short in certain areas.

He said a left-back could be on the radar, with the decision to allow Kolasinac to join Schalke until the end of the season leaving him with only Kieran Tierney as a natural option.

“With the departure of Kola we are a little bit short with left-footed fullbacks at the moment,” he added.

Both Ozil and Sokratis were omitted from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of the season.

Arteta had stressed several times he was unhappy with the bloated nature of the squad and feels the departures will help him achieve a better balance.

“We could not carry on with 31 players in the squad,” he said. “It is unmanageable. And when you have to leave some of the foreign players out, it makes it even  more difficult.

“To do it for a few weeks is OK, to do it for months and maintain the health, the ambition and the chemistry is really complicated.

“So one of the main objectives was to make some decisions about how we are going to offset that. We have done it.”