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Sunday 6 June 2021
Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal announced that Saudi Arabia will continue to host the Spanish and Italian Super Cups, the Super Globe Handball Championship, the 3×3 Basketball World Tour, the 2022 Formula E race and the 2022 Dakar Rally.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said during the government communication conference, today, Sunday, that 9 clubs in Saudi Arabia will be developed to host matches, as part of the club facilities development initiative, and the headquarters of 3 clubs will be converted into stadiums by 2022.
Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal announced that the Saudi Ministry of Sports will soon announce the launch of a project for licensing sports clubs and academies, and updating the licenses for sports halls and centers.
The Minister of Sports indicated that the ministry’s regulations are clear regarding the clubs debts, and stressed that the culprit must bear his responsibilities. He also explained that the clubs focus on football caused the loss of talents in other sports.
Regarding the club privatization project, Al-Faisal said, “It is one of the national privatization programs, which is concerned with the privatization of government sectors, and that work is underway with the concerned authorities, and it will be announced within months.”
The Minister of Sports announced that Al-Shabab, Al-Fateh and Al-Ittifaq clubs will convert their stadiums into sports stadiums, and their implementation will start during the next few period, until it ends in mid-2022.
He pointed out that there was approval to establish private sports investment companies for 13 sports clubs and federations to ensure financial sustainability.
He was also informed of the launch of the scholarship program to train and qualify 42 Saudi players between the ages of 18 to 20 years through a permanent camp in Spain.