The Torch of the Saudi Games… From the “City Train” Museum to the historic Tabuk Castle
Basketball legend Mohsen Khalaf and boxer Lamis Al-Balawi took part in her pregnancy
Wednesday – 18 Safar 1444 AH – 14 September 2022 AD Issue No. [
Al-Haqbani receiving the torch from Lamis Al-Balawi (Middle East)
Riyadh: “Middle East”
The torch of the “Saudi Games 2022” arrived in the city of Tabuk, after being launched from the city of Riyadh, through Madinah, on a journey during which it toured the historical landmarks of the Kingdom.
On behalf of Prince Fahd bin Sultan, Governor of Tabuk Region, the Undersecretary of the Emirate of Tabuk, Muhammad Al-Haqbani, received the torch with the participation of members of the Tabuk Youth Council and a number of volunteers in the region.
Yesterday morning, the torch wandered through the streets of the city of Tabuk from the historic Tabuk Castle (built in 1559, which is one of the pilgrimage stations on the old road connecting the Levant and Madinah), and Ain Al-Sukkar, all the way to Al-Raya Square, and then to the Emirate of Tabuk, and it was carried by fencing champion, Adel Al-Mutairi, boxing champion Lamis Al-Balawi, diver Muhammad Al-Balawi, camel sports commentator Naif Al-Balawi, and Al-Muammar Khalaf Al-Balawi.
The “torch” was launched last Sunday from the city of Riyadh to reach the Medina region, where it was carried by the legend of Saudi basketball, Mohsen Khalaf, and the former star of the Saudi national team, Samir Abdel Shakour , and passed through the Quba Mosque, and then the Railway Museum. Then the torch arrived in the Tabuk region on a journey of 3,500 kilometers, which included a visit to 57 famous landmarks throughout the Kingdom, in preparation for the launch of the biggest Saudi sporting event, which will be hosted by the capital, Riyadh , will be presented from 27 October to 7 November. The current year 2022 AD, with the participation of more than 6,000 athletes representing 200 clubs, participating in 45 Olympic sports.
The Saudi Games in its first session constitute a qualitative leap in the march of sport, and a first step towards establishing a generation capable of competing in the Olympic Games, and the Saudi to provide national teams with top players and talents, as the session provided the opportunity for more than 20,000 male and female athletes to participate in this major event through heats and auditions. The finals of the tournament will witness the participation of more than 6,000 athletes and 2,000 technical and administrative supervisors, representing more than 200 clubs from all over the Kingdom. The athletes participating in the tournament will compete for prizes, the highest in the history of the region, with a total of more than 200 million rial. The winner of the gold medal in any event will receive one million rials, the silver will receive 300,000 rials, and the bronze will receive 100,000 rials.
Prince Fahd bin Jalawi, Vice President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, launched the torch of the 2022 Saudi Games in the Olympic Complex in Riyadh in the presence of a number of Saudi athletes.
Prince Fahd bin Jalawi confirmed that the torch will travel across the Kingdom, covering more than 3,500 kilometers, to promote the positive values of the Saudi Games and to convey the message of peace and friendship to people during the torch’s procession, and to give the opportunity for all members of society to see the torch.
Bin Jalawi added: “The torch will be carried on a relay journey by the heroic and influential athletes, and the torch’s journey will include visiting 57 landmarks, one of the most prominent cultural and tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. “
The qualifying stage for the 2022 Saudi Games has reached its final stage, in preparation for the biggest national sporting event in the Kingdom. The audition stages for the tournament will continue until September 10. Tennis competitions will continue in Al-Khobar and Riyadh, Muay Thai competitions in Riyadh, weightlifting competitions in Jeddah, table tennis competitions in Jeddah and remote electronic games competitions.
In an enthusiastic sports atmosphere, the chess audition competitions, which took place in Dammam and Riyadh, women’s billiards in Jeddah, taekwondo in Riyadh, triathlon in Jeddah, Riyadh and Khobar, sailing competitions in Jubail, and board skating, and indoor rowing in Jubail and Khobar, concluded Cycling in Riyadh and Dammam, Badel in Riyadh, darts in Jeddah, and athletics in Riyadh.
And 60 male and female players have reserved their seats in the first edition of the Saudi Games in taekwondo competitions, in weights under 80 kilograms, under 63 kilograms for men, under 67 kilograms, and under 53 kilograms for women. 24 male and female players from the central and eastern regions qualified for the chess competition final. Fifteen female players joined the pool final, 28 male and female players qualified for the darts final, 15 players qualified for the skateboarding final. , while 15 participants sailed to the finals of the sailing competitions.
Saudi Arabia aims to host more sports events, and aims to create an exceptional and distinguished organization for the “Asian Games 2034”, after hosting the “Formula One” and “golf” sports.
Earlier, Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal, the Saudi sports minister and head of the Olympic Committee, told AFP that “our main focus now is on the 2034 Asian Games,” which will take place two years after Brisbane, Australia, hosts the 2032 will be held. Games.
Investment in sports is part of a multifaceted strategy approved 6 years ago to diversify the economy, within the framework of the long-term project of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, where “Vision 2030”, which makes the country a great economic power, and has so far achieved tremendous successes at all levels.
In 2034, the capital Riyadh will host the Asian Games, a large-scale multi-sport event that Al-Faisal believes could herald the hosting of the Summer Olympics.
“We are open to discussion with the IOC about this (Olympic Games) in the future,” says Al-Faisal. “I think the kingdom has shown that we can offer similar events.”
“Obviously the Olympics will be the thing for us, but we are open to it, and I think we can.”
Prince Al-Faisal emphasized: “Saudi Arabia is progressing and moving towards a better quality of life, and a country that wants to be the best, for the sake of the future.” He continues, “The facts indicate that hosting these events benefits our people and life in Saudi Arabia.”