The Al-Nasr contract he signed with world legend Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, 5-time Ballon d’Or winner during the current winter transfer window, is not the only sporting event that has seen Saudi sports take a big leap on the global sports map. Essential in global sport, as part of a series of moves by Saudi Arabia to progress on the global sporting map, by organizing a number of international sporting events.
Last October, the Kingdom was chosen to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games on its lands in the giant futuristic city of Neom.
The winter competition for “NEOM”, which is still under construction, will be organized in the mountainous desert of Trogina, located in the northwest of the Kingdom, and 5 years later, the capital, Riyadh, will host the 2034 Asian Games. And Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal confirmed last August that hosting the Olympics was “the goal”.
In 2021, the Kingdom presented for the first time a prize within the Formula 1 World Championship, in Jeddah, and followed it with the second edition in 2022. The Saudi organization, which will be present in 2023, was praised, and the Saudi Grand Prix has become one of the most important global Formula 1 awards.
Sanctioned as an international championship by the International Automobile Federation, the EPBE Formula E Championship for Electric Cars is the first worldwide street racing series for cars powered by full electric power. The main objectives of the championship are to confront climate change and achieve a better future by applying racing through ongoing initiatives around the world in the field of environmental, economic and social sustainability. Formula E contributes significantly to the development of new technologies, renewable energy and electric cars. The Diriyah Formula E has been held 4 times in the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons, and the fifth edition will start at the end of January.
In October 2021, a Saudi consortium bought the English club Newcastle, in a move that sparked raucous celebrations for its supporters, to the extent that some of them waved the Saudi flag in front of the St. James Park stadium in north-east England.
Newcastle are now third in the domestic league, after faltering in recent years.
The Kingdom is close to hosting the 2027 Asian Cup, and hopes to host the Asian Women’s Cup in 2026. If the Saudi Football Federation succeeds in hosting the two important continental championships, it will give Saudi football a greater glow than what is currently happening. International super matches
The Kingdom’s hosting of the Italian and Spanish Super Cups, which will be held this January at the King Fahd International Stadium, are two very important events that confirm the Kingdom’s internationality. The Spanish Super Cup is taking place these days, and the tournament final will be held on January 15, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Real Betis participating in the tournament. On the 18th of the same month, the Italian Super Cup match between Milan’s poles AC Milan and Inter Milan is held in the third Italian Super Cup held in the Kingdom.
Professional golf was influenced by the emergence of Live Golf, a Saudi-funded breakout league that managed to attract stars from the US PGA Tour with a staggering $25 million in prize money per tournament. The newborn league achieved initial success. Despite fierce opposition from the American and European leagues and their refusal to allow their players to participate, LIV Golf attracted 16 players from the top 100. One of the rounds of the league, which was organized in limited stadiums and in a unique format, was held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, with the participation of the game’s poles, such as the Australian Cameron Smith and the American Dustin Johnson, in a stadium outside the coastal city of Jeddah on the Red Sea.
Johnson, the biggest beneficiary, took in about $35 million in total prize money in the first season, on top of $150 million just for agreeing to play. The LIV League will expand its 54-hole series this year with an international schedule of 14 world championships and offer $405 million in prize money.
Last August, the Kingdom hosted the world heavyweight boxing championship between Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, who won the title at the expense of Britain’s Anthony Joshua. Earlier in 2019, Joshua took part in a match in which he defeated the American Andy Ruiz in King Abdullah Sports City.
The Dakar Rally 2023 started for the fourth time from Saudi Arabia on December 31, which has been organized for 3 consecutive editions 2020, 2021, 2022 in the Kingdom, and the rally competitions, which will end on January 15, witness exciting competition in all categories, amid the heavy rain in the Kingdom, and the atmosphere And the scenery.
Saudi Aramco has reached an agreement with the International Federation to sponsor a number of major cricket tournaments around the world, for one of the most popular games in a number of countries around the world.
The Kingdom started organizing the Saudi Equestrian Cup with a prize of 20 million dollars, which is the most expensive in the world. The third edition was held last year, and two Saudi-owned horses won the last two editions.
The Saudi Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of the most important championships
-Formula E Diriyah is an event that is being repeated for the fifth time
The Dakar Rally has become one of the most important championships held in the Kingdom
The Saudi owners developed Newcastle, England
Two international super matches hosted by the Kingdom since 2019