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Saudi Arabia makes history by sending its largest team to the Olympics

Saudi Arabia makes history by sending its largest team to the Olympics

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui

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The Kingdom prepares to send its largest-ever delegation of participants in the history of Olympic Games...

We're just days away from (finally) welcoming the Tokyo Olympics and for the first time ever, Saudi Arabia will be sending the largest ever delegation of participants to represent the Kingdom. 

Making history with a total of 10 athletes, the Ministry of Sports and the Saudi Olympic Committee officially announced the names of the participating athletes, as well as the games they will be competing in including Youssef Bouarish (swimming), Ali Al-Khadrawi (table tennis), Ali Hussein Reza (rowing), Tariq Hamdi (karate), Saeed Al-Mutairi (shooting), Suleiman Hammad (Judo), Mahmoud Al-Ahmeed (weightlifting), Siraj Al-Saleem (weightlifting), Yasmine Al-Dabbagh (100 meters race), and Mazen Al-Yassin (400 meters race).

This is in addition to the Saudi Olympic football team, which will include its three stars — Salman Al-Faraj, Salem Al-Dosary and Yasser Al-Shahrani, and national coach Saad Al-Shehri.

To celebrate this historic occasion, Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal released a statement on his Twitter account: “With the blessing of God, and with the unlimited support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and the keenness and follow-up of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, the largest ever mission of Saudi Arabia in the history of Olympics will be available for Tokyo Olympics 2020.”

The Tokyo Olympics will run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.