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Saudi table tennis star set for final preparation ahead of Tokyo Olympics

It was another action-packed weekend in the Saudi Pro League as the season draws close to the end. There were thrilling clashes, dropped points and shocking defeats. Most teams have just three games remaining, but there is still plenty to play for at both ends of the table. Here are five things we learned from…

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Critics of Tokyo Olympics submit petition urging cancellation

RIYADH: It will not have escaped the attention of Barcelona President Joan Laporta that former boss Pep Guardiola won his third English Premier League title on Tuesday just as Ronald Koeman’s men drew with Levante to leave hopes of a La Liga title fading. However, there was a bit of good news for Koeman this…

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New protocols for public entry to stadiums, sports facilities

KHAFJI/JEDDAH/MAKKAH: Last year’s Eid was limited to small celebrations at home due to the 24-hour curfew imposed across the Kingdom during the five-day holiday to tackle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, the situation has transformed this year, as people are more reassured and eager to celebrate the occasion with their families. After a month of fasting…

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Dakar Rally to take place across Saudi desert in first week of January 2022

DUBAI: The 2022 Dakar Rally will take place across the deserts of Saudi Arabia between January 2 and 14, it was been announced by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and the Saudi Arabian Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) in a virtual presentation on Tuesday night. “Welcome for the third time to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,…

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Mansoor feeling ‘amazing’ after making step-up in WWE career

Inter’s Serie A title win sees Achraf Hakimi emerge as one of the finest Arab footballers in Europe DUBAI: An Egyptian, an Algerian and a Moroccan walk onto a football pitch. The punchline usually involves a curling left-footed shot into the back of the net. When the topic of best Arab footballers currently playing in…

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Mahrez double fires Man City into Champions League final

Indian cricket legend lauds sport’s Saudi chief for promoting game in KSA, offers support for national team RIYADH: Indian cricket legend Mohammed Azharuddin has praised the chairman of the sport’s Saudi governing body, Prince Saud bin Mishal Al-Saud, for his wide-ranging plans to promote the game in the Kingdom. And the former batsman has also…

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Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

RIYADH: The message on the advertising hording is clear: “Bigger Than Ever.” And this year’s AFC Champions League is just that, the biggest tournament ever – with an extra eight teams added, taking the total competing in the group stage to 40. This trend of expansion has been seen across various continental and global competitions…

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English soccer’s boycott of social media gathers support from FIFA, UEFA

Interview: Arab-American NASCAR racer Toni Breidinger on breaking records and stereotypes USA: Lebanese American Toni Breidinger is shattering stereotypes of Arab Americans and women, setting records as one of the winningest female race car drivers in the country and hoping to be a positive role model for the advance of the goals of young women.…

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Al-Nassr beat Al-Sadd to reach 2021 AFC Champions League knockout stages

Oils, innovation and faster cars: How Petronas fuels Mercedes’s relentless pursuit of Formula 1 excellence Speak to Andrea Dolfi for a few minutes, and chances are you’ll never watch another Formula 1 race in the same way again. For a start, you’ll know just what the Petronas part in reigning constructors world champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas…

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Chelsea beat Man City to reach FA Cup final

KAPOLEI, Hawaii: Yuka Saso shot her second consecutive 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead over surging Lydia Ko after two rounds of the Lotte Championship. Saso, who’s playing on a sponsor’s exemption, made seven birdies in her first 10 holes to catch Ko, who shot 63 earlier Thursday at Kapolei Golf Club.…

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Yuka Saso shoots 2nd straight 64 for 2-shot lead over Ko

5 talking points from uninspiring start for Saudi clubs in AFC Champions League group stages RIYADH: The first round of games in the AFC Champions League is over. Al-Nassr got the ball rolling for Saudi Arabian teams on Wednesday night with a disappointing 0-0 against a hard-working Al-Wehdat from Jordan. The following evening, Al-Hilal drew 2-2…

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Al-Wehdat set for historic AFC Champions League debut

: Mahdi Ali will try, for one last time, to get the old band together. There’s him, front man Omar Abdulrahman, Ahmed Khalil, Majed Hassan, Hamadan Al-Kamali, Walid Abbas, Majed Naser, Abdelaziz Sanqour and Abdelaziz Haikal. On Friday, a penalty shootout win over Al-Nasr saw the 2020-21 League Cup added to the recently won 2020…

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