The Saudi Games 2022 opened in spectacular style in Riyadh.
The King Fahad International Stadium was the venue to mark the opening of the 2022 Saudi Games. Over 6000 athletes took part in this important sporting event in which muaythai was featured as a main sport on the programme.
2022 sports facilities in Riyadh will hosted the 45 sports and the 5 sports dedicated to the Paralympics.
The event welcomed esteemed guests, including HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Governor of the Riyadh region. His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Ministry made an emotional opening speech addressing the athletes, showing his pride on this important day and thanked the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his generous sponsorship of the event and endless support for the sector on behalf of all Saudi athletes. He warmly welcomed the 6000 athletes said the Saudi Games were part of a drive to make the country a sporting powerhouse. Many high-profile members of the international sport community were in attendance, such as the IOC Vice President Mr Ng from Singapore, IOC Executive Board member HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein and many other IOC members were present at the opening ceremony.
The Kingdom of Thailand was represented by Thailand’s IOC Member Khunying Patama Leesawatrakul and Thailand’s National Sport Development Fund Manager Supranee Guptasa.
IFMA thanks the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this fantastic event and wishes all athletes an amazing competition.