Sport ‘central’ to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, says Kingdom’s Prince Fahd

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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Fahd bin Abdulaziz said sports and entertainment played a ‘central role’ in the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030, the strategy behind the nation’s transformation, ahead of the ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ tournament which will see world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk take on Britain’s Anthony Joshua.

The fight, which will take place in Jeddah on August 20, will be one of many major sporting events to take place in Saudi Arabia as the country seeks to nurture a new generation of sports enthusiasts, Prince Fahd, spokesperson, said. word of the world. World Heavyweight Championship rights holder Skill Challenge Entertainment.

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“The country’s esteemed leaders are truly invested in the impact sport can have on improving the lives of its people and we are fully aligned to support the transformation,” he said. “The changes already implemented have already had a massive impact on the people of our country.”

“You can really feel how excited Saudis are to see some of the biggest sporting events in the world taking place in the Kingdom.”

Prince Fahd said one of the main reasons for bringing events like the Usyk vs. Joshua showdown, which is billed as one of the biggest heavyweight rematches in sports history, to the Kingdom is to inspire residents and future generations at the grassroots level. level.

“Since the last fight, Clash of the Dunes, in 2019, we have seen a 300% increase in the number of men and women practicing boxing and the number of boxing gyms has increased from seven to 59,” said he declared. “By hosting more events like this, including the first Women’s Boxing Championships, we aim to inspire over 500,000 people to take up the sport over the next four years.”

The ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ tournament which will see world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk take on Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia. (Provided)

In hosting the world heavyweight championship, Prince Fahd, speaking at a press conference in Jeddah, said he hoped a key outcome would be “to inspire the nation and the region to try the sport and hopefully fall in love with it like so many others have already.” .”

“At the same time, we want to show the real Saudi Arabia to the rest of the world: the wonderful people, the transformation of the country, the beauty of the Red Sea landscape,” he added. “The organization of the world heavyweight championship is the culmination of everything that is currently happening in the Kingdom.”

“The changes and transformation resulting from Vision 2030 inspire us to host some of the world’s greatest sporting events like this. This is really what gave us at Skill Challenge Entertainment the ambition to organize this event and showcase Saudi Arabia on a global scale.

Last week, Al Arabiya English reported how hundreds of young Saudi men and women took part in a film promotion for the “Rage on the Red Sea” tournament.

Hundreds of young Saudi men and women took part in a promotional video for the tournament

Hundreds of young Saudi men and women took part in a promotional video for the “Rage on the Red Sea” tournament. (Screenshot)

Starring 300 Saudi nationals, the film is being shot in both London and Jeddah.

“There was immense pride while filming the promotional video,” Prince Fahd said. “For the main part of the video, Anthony Joshua and Usyk met face to face in the historic part of Jeddah alongside 300 locals, which gave a glimpse of the enthusiasm the locals have for us to organize this event in the Kingdom.”

“The fighters embraced the moment and bounced off the amazing atmosphere it created. They both commented on how amazing the historic area of ​​Jeddah was, it was amazing to be there at that time and we hope that everyone loves it as much as we all loved creating it.

He added: “Rage on the Red Sea is set to be one of this year’s greatest sporting moments in the world, happening right here on our doorstep. I encourage you to be part of history and come into the fight. , you’ll have an amazing time. We’re all ambitious and keep pushing the envelope so fans coming to Jeddah on August 20 can expect the unexpected.

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