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Justin Bieber in Saudi Arabia: Pop Star To Headline F1 post – race concert in Jeddah

PARIS, France – Justin Bieber will be performing in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah on December 5, headlining a concert on the sidelines of the Formula 1 stc Saudi Arabian Gran Prix (GP). ‘CALLING ALL BELIEBERS’. Yes, it’s true! @JustinBieber is headlining the stc Saudi Arabian GP post – race concert on Sunday 5 December at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit!’ the F1 stc … More Justin Bieber in Saudi Arabia: Pop Star To Headline F1 post – race concert in Jeddah

Saudi – Owned Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Dies Of Heart Attack

PARIS, France – The Kentucky Derby – winning horse Medina Spirit, owned by Saudi businessman Amr Zedan, died of a heart attack on Monday after a workout, a lawyer for the horse’s trainer said. Medina Spirit clinched a surprise win at the Kentucky Derby in May, bringing trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh win in … More Saudi – Owned Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Dies Of Heart Attack

Upcoming Saudi Dakar Rally Attracts Drivers From 70 Different Nationalities

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia is hosting the third consecutive edition of the Saudi Dakar Rally 2022, attracting drivers from 70 different nationalities, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The Saudi Dakar Rally this year is the largest in terms of the number of participants, SPA said. The number of participants in this year’s rally is evidence of the confidence in the Kingdom’s ability and the determination of its people to host and organize large global events, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Federation of Cars and Motorcycles and Chairman of the Board of Directors of … More Upcoming Saudi Dakar Rally Attracts Drivers From 70 Different Nationalities

Rafa Nadal Plans To Return At Abu Dhabi Exhibition Next Month

PARIS, France – Rafa Nadal is aiming to return from injury at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi next month before playing another tournament in his buildup to the Australian Open, the world number five said. Nadal struggled with back issues at the start of this year and pulled out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. He last competed in August at the Citi Open in Washington. He announced ahead of the US Open that the injury to his left foot would rule him out for the rest of the year but said on Monday he might return at the … More Rafa Nadal Plans To Return At Abu Dhabi Exhibition Next Month

Saudi Arabia Allows Full Capacity At Sports Stadiums, Facilities

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports announced that vaccinated visitors will be allowed into all sports stadium and facilities as they operate at full capacity, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Sunday. Visitor entry will be limited to those who are  fully vaccinated against COVID – 19, as per Kingdom’s rules, the ministry said. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry approved easing the country’s strict COVID – 19 precautionary measures, which includes operating Mecca’s Grand Mosque are full capacity, SPA reported. The Kingdom will also allow gatherings and will lift same mask mandated sor those who have received both … More Saudi Arabia Allows Full Capacity At Sports Stadiums, Facilities

Consortium Led By Saudi Arabia’s PIF Officially Takes Over Newcastle United

LONDON – A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment fund (PIF) officially took over Newcastle United, the Premier League announced on Thursday. ‘Following the completion of the Premier League’s  Owners’ and Directors’ Test, the club has been sold to the consortium with immediate effect’, the Premier League statement said. The consortium includes PCR Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media. PIF hold the majority of shares with 80 percent, while PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media each has 10 percent. PIF’s Governor Yasir al – Rumayyan said: ‘We are extremely proud to become the new owners of … More Consortium Led By Saudi Arabia’s PIF Officially Takes Over Newcastle United

Gezahegne Breaks 10 Km Road Race World Record In Geneva

GENEVA  – Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahege won the Giants Geneva 10k in 29 minutes 38 seconds on Sunday to take five seconds off the women’s world record for a 10km road race when men are also competing. The Ethiopian – born 30 – year -old, who won 10,000 metres silver behind Sifan Hassan at the Tokyo Olympics in August, bettered the mark of 29.43 set by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017. Agnes Tirop, who last month set a new record for women – only race at the distance in a time of 30.01, finished second with her fellow Kenyan Celliphine Chespol … More Gezahegne Breaks 10 Km Road Race World Record In Geneva

Qatar Set To Debut On Revised 22 – Race F1 Calendar

Paris / France – – Formula One published a revised calendar for the remainder of the season on Saturday with the number of races dropping from a record 23 to 22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Qatar expected to debut. Three races given new dates and one weekend in late November was left subject to confirmation with Qatar likely to fill it with a first grand prix at the Losail circuit used regularly by MotorGP. While Formula One did not mention Qatar on the list, an announcement is expected soon. The rejig followed this month’s cancellation of the Japanese … More Qatar Set To Debut On Revised 22 – Race F1 Calendar

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Congratulates Olympic Champion Tarek Hamedi

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has congratulated karate player Tarek Hamedi, the silver medalist in Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics, Saudi Press Agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The prince congratulated Hamedi for distinguished skills in karate, wishing him to achieve many major titles in the future. Hamedi expressed his gratefulness and affirmed his support for all athletes in general and those interested in karate. The meeting was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al – Faisal, Minister of Sports and President of the  Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Sports and President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Congratulates Olympic Champion Tarek Hamedi

Tears, Standing Ovation Mark Messi’s Farewell To Barcelona

Between trying to compose himself,  wiping away tears and facing a long standing ovation, it took Lionel Messi more than a minute to start his farewell news conference on Sunday at FC Barcelona, where the Argentine has spent all of his playing career. ‘I don’t know if I am going to be able to  speak’, were his first words, tears running down his cheeks. ‘This is without doubt the most difficult moment of my career’, he said. Messi, 34 and with Barcelona for 21 years, went on to mop away tears throughout the event, using a tissue handed to him … More Tears, Standing Ovation Mark Messi’s Farewell To Barcelona

Saudi Sports Minister Says Olympic Champion Hamedi Will Be Awarded 5 Million Saudi Riyals

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Sports and President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki al – Faisal announced that karate player Tarek Hamedi will be honored and gifted 5 million Saudi riyals ($1.3 million). Hamedi will bring home a silver Olympic medal after being disqualified from the men’s over – 75kg final when he threw a high kick and knocked out his opponent. Hamedi was leading on points when he threw the kick that struck Iranian  athlete Sajad Ganjzadeh in the neck, leaving him motionless and having to be removed from the arena on a stretcher. … More Saudi Sports Minister Says Olympic Champion Hamedi Will Be Awarded 5 Million Saudi Riyals

Tokyo Olympics Opening Draws 16.7 Million U.S. TV Viewers, A 33 – Year Low

NBC’s broadcast on the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony drew 16.7 million viewers, the smallest U.S. television audience for the event in the past 33 years, according to preliminary data from Camcast – owned NBCUniversal on Saturday. Across all platforms, including NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, 17 million people watched the ceremony, NBCUniversal said in a email. The streaming audience on those platforms grew 76% from the 2018 PeyongChang opening ceremony and 72% from the 2016 Rio opener, reflecting a change in viewing habits. Friday’s audience reflects a steep drop, despite difficult comparisons with previous opening ceremonies when viewers had fewer … More Tokyo Olympics Opening Draws 16.7 Million U.S. TV Viewers, A 33 – Year Low

Qatar Says Only Vaccinated Fans Allowed At World Cup 2022

Qatar will only allow people fully vaccinated against COVID – 19 to attend next year’s World Cup and is in talks to secure one million doses in case global immunisation efforts lag, the prime minister said. The Gulf Arab states hosts the four – week tournament in November 2022 and the president of global soccer body FIFA has said the matches would be held in full stadium. Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told newspapers that while most countries were expected to have vaccinated their citizens by then, Qatar was still taking measures to ensure a successful event. … More Qatar Says Only Vaccinated Fans Allowed At World Cup 2022