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SPORTS | Formula One Season Set To Start In Bahrain After Australian Grand Prix Postponement

MILAN – – The start of the Formula One season has been delayed after the Australian Grand Prix was postponed from March to November because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Australian race in Melbourne has been rescheduled from March 21 to November 21. The Chinese GP has also been delayed but no new date has been … More SPORTS | Formula One Season Set To Start In Bahrain After Australian Grand Prix Postponement

Dakar Rally To Take Place Across Saudi Desert In First Week Of January

The 2022 Dakar Rally will take place across the desert 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, the home of the Dakar Rally, the most famous and toughest rally in the world’, Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al – Faisal, Chairman of SAMF, said. ‘Thanks first and foremost to our wise leadership, and guidance of his highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin … More Dakar Rally To Take Place Across Saudi Desert In First Week Of January

Tennis – French Open Postponed To May 30 Amid COVID-19 Crisis

This year’s French Open has been postponed by a week due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will begin on May 30, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said on Thursday. The claycourt Grand Slam, which was postponed by four months last year and took place in front of limited crowds, will finish on June 13, two weeks before the expected start of Wimbledon. The grasscourt Grand Slam said it would not change its dates following the French Open’s decision, which it supported. ‘The decision has been discussed with the Grand Slam Board, and, given the exceptional circumstances, is fully supported by … More Tennis – French Open Postponed To May 30 Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Tennis – Basilashvili Ends Federer’s Comeback In Qatar Open Quarter – Finals

Roger Federer’s comeback to the tour after nearly 14 months out ended with a 3-6 6-1 7-5 loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Qatar Open quarter – finals on Thursday.  Georgian Basilashvili saved a match point in the final set and took advantage of a tiring Federer to reach the semi – finals. ‘It’s unbelievable, he’s one of the greatest of all time. Just playing him means so much to me’, Basilashvili said. ‘I’m very happy he’s back playing again. To win against him is a dream come true, he was always my idol. He’s an unbelievable player’. Federer, 39, … More Tennis – Basilashvili Ends Federer’s Comeback In Qatar Open Quarter – Finals

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Attends Formula E Race In Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is attending the final race Formula E’s seventh season double – header event in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah on Saturday. Attendees in the crowd can be heard shouting well wishes to the Crown Prince, who recently left hospital following a successful to treat appendicitis. Saudi Arabia is currently hosting Formula E’s first ever nigh race with a double – header in Diriyah on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh. Organizers said low consumption LEF floodlights would be powered by fully renewable energy, using low  – carbon certified hydrogenated vegetable oil made from sustainable materials. 

Diriyah E-Prix Night Race Will Be ‘Historic’ Occasion: Prince Khalid

It is all systems go for 2021/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season as the first of the Diriyah E – Prix double – header of races on Friday prepares to get under starter\s orders in Riyadh. History will once again be made when the single – seater series, given championship status by the FIA for the first time, takes place at night over the weekend. ‘Formula E is back to Diriyah as the opening race of season seven, and to mark a world first, as the first ever night race in the history of Formula E’, Prince Khalid bin … More Diriyah E-Prix Night Race Will Be ‘Historic’ Occasion: Prince Khalid

SPORTS | FIFA President Meets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

RIYADH – – Against the backdrop of a historic Gulf Cooperation Council summit that paved the way for regional reconciliation, FIFA President Gianni Infantino met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the important role that football can play as a uniting factor in the region and as a vector of core social values, such as inclusion, solidarity and tolerance. In particular, President Infantino highlighted the recent progress of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation in the development of women’s football in the country. Both leaders also discussed the … More SPORTS | FIFA President Meets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

SPORTS | Saudi Sports Minister Welcomes FIFA’s Infantino

RIYADH – – Saudi Arabia’s sports minister welcomed the President of Federation International de football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino in Riyadh on Wednesday, state news agency SPA reported. Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Saud discussed with FIFA’s head cooperation opportunities between the Kingdom and football’s governing body.  Assistant minister of sport Abdul Ilah Al-Dalak and President of Saudi Arabia’s Football Federation Yasser Almishehal also attended the meeting. 

SPORTS | Riyadh To Host 2034 Asian Games

Riyadh will host the 2034 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia’s general assembly decided on Wednesday. Doha meanwhile will host the 2030 edition of the Games. The OCA reached a deal to vote on the 2030 but to give the other candidate the 2034 event. ‘That means no winner, no loser’, OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al – Fahd Al – Sabah of Kuwait said. ‘That you, Asia, for solidarity and coordination’. The vote on Wednesday was repeatedly delayed by problems with the electronic voting with many delegates taking part remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the hall, 26 delegates … More SPORTS | Riyadh To Host 2034 Asian Games

SPORTS | U.S. – Based MSP Sports Capital Buys Into McLaren F1

MILAN – – U.S. – based investment group MSP Sports Capital is taking a significant minority stake in McLaren Racing in a deal the Formula One team said would give them the tools to return to the top of the sports. The long – term investment, announced on Sunday, is for an initial 15% holding rising to a maximum 33% by the end of 2022. McLaren said it values the British racing outfit at 560 million pounds ($740.5 million). Under the deal, MSP will put 185 million pounds into the former world champions, who last won a race in 2021 … More SPORTS | U.S. – Based MSP Sports Capital Buys Into McLaren F1

SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

Seven – times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix with a record lap in Saturday’s qualifying session, ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas who completed a front – row lockout for Mercedes. The Briton lapped the 5.4 – kilometre floodlit Sakhir desert track in one minute 27, 264 seconds, boating his Finnish team mate by 0.289 seconds. Max Verstappen took third  place for Red Bull. It was the 98th pole of Hamilton’s career and puts him on course due to complete a century, with the Bahrain race the first of a season – ending … More SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

SPORTS | Guardiola Commits To Manchester City By Signing New Contract To 2023

Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year extension to his contract, meaning he is due to stay until at least the end of the 2021/2023 season. The 49-year old has already been at City for longer than any other club he has managed, having arrived from Bayern Munich in 2016, and has repeatedly claimed he is happy to be working in Manchester with his present set of players. Having agreed a short extension to his initial contract his deal was due to expire at the end of this season, but together with the club he used … More SPORTS | Guardiola Commits To Manchester City By Signing New Contract To 2023