Al-Issa: We aim to transition golfers to professionalism..and we look forward to expanding the base

Khaled Tayseer Al-Amiri

Aqaba – The Assistant Secretary General of the Arab Golf Federation, Muhammad Al-Issa, and the Executive Director of the Saudi Golf Federation, revealed that Jordan’s continued success in hosting and organizing the International Open Golf Championship the Arab Federation the incentive to move forward in the development of the game, and the transfer of players from the amateur stage to the professional.
At the start of his address to Al-Ghad, Al-Issa said in a whisper at the head of his country’s delegation to the international championship: “Jordan is an experienced country in hosting golf tournaments, in light of its possession of a world-class stadium with a charming nature. Mind you, we in the Arab Federation are proud of Jordan’s successes, especially at the level of the junior sector.”
He continues: “We began to see an increase in the number of golf practitioners in Jordan, in light of the presence of supervisors and representatives in the federation with a high degree of responsibility. These successes give us an incentive to Jordan” a good part of hosting upcoming sporting events,” noting that the general meeting of the Arab Federation, which will be held in October next November, on the sidelines of Tunisia’s hosting of the Arab Championship, many files related to the organization, development and support of the civil federations will be presented, based on the vision of the President of the Arab and Saudi Golf Federations, Yasser Bin Othman Al-Rumayyan, the Secretary General of the Arab Federation and Chief Executive of the Saudi -golf company, Majed Sorour.
Al-Issa believes that golf is one of the most stressful and expensive sports that requires great abilities, noting, “The continued presence and retention of elite players requires the creation of incentives because players can feel frustrated if the incentives are absent,” and emphasizes the importance of having specialized courts with international specifications. In various regions, to increase the number of players.”
He continued: “The Arab Union brings together all civil federations under its umbrella, and the support of these unions through the marketing and investment committees is our top priority,” stressing that the Arab Union has started investing in the players’ talents, with tangible results that appeared. in the coming period.
The Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab Golf Federation spoke about the most prominent development strategies that the Arab Federation is implementing, noting in this regard: “To produce talent requires a clear strategy to support civil unions and contribute to the spread and revival of the game in many countries, as the Arab rule seems limited. Under a certain number of players, unlike Morocco, which originates from the African continent, owns 50 stadiums and human raw materials of players , coaches and referees have.
He emphasized: “We are keen to increase the base of referees and coaches in various countries of the Arab world, and we will soon hold a session for referees, organized by the Arab Federation.
The Executive Director of the Saudi Golf Federation did not hide the ambitions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop the sport of golf in the Kingdom, saying: “We aim to host major international tournaments, there is an Aramco Ladies Tour and Agent Tours will be held in Saudi Arabia, and major tours will be hosted by the Kingdom in the near future.” Seven golf courses are ready for use in Saudi Arabia, and the city of Riyadh has the highest number of courses, while the Saudi Golf Federation aims to establish 13 courses in various regions of the Kingdom, according to specifications subject to international standards.
He pointed out: “We have reached 240 schools in Saudi Arabia by signing a memorandum of understanding with the Schools Sports Federation, as well as the Federation of Saudi Universities. Our aim is to spread the game widely in Saudi Arabia, the growth of the game and increase the base of its practitioners. The Jordan Open Championship and we decided to participate in it with the aim of exchanging experiences.”
Al-Issa praised the Jordanian experience in establishing a golf league for juniors and noted: “The presence of a specialized league for age groups in Jordan guarantees players to periodically participate in competitions and gives them the necessary experiences. The Arab teams will participate in it, and it will be strong and important to ensure the sustainability and development of the game.”
He concluded his speech by saying: “Media, material and moral support increase the chances of spreading the game of golf in the Arab world, and some civil federations may have problems attracting and downloading players, but we will bring forward ideas and visions at the next general assembly meeting in tunisia, and we will address the federations’ problems in line with our zeal to solve them properly. gradually”.
It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia is participating in the 31st edition of the Jordan International Open Golf Championship, with players: Prince Khaled bin Faisal, Saud Al-Sharif, Faisal Al-Salhab and Abdullah Al-Hussein in the men’s category, along with the player Haneen Mahmoud in the women’s category.

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