List of international achievements in Sports by Saudis

Achievements in sports that every Saudi should be proud of!

We may play sports just for entertainment and fun, but the benefits of sports go beyond that. It’s much more than a pastime!

Sports play a multi-dimensional role in the development of a country. It has grown into a  business that’s helping a country financially by generating income.

Through the sponsoring of sports teams and events, the world’s biggest brands demonstrate the power they exercise in the sports business throughout the world. 

Active participation in mega-sport events also improves infrastructure, generates employment, and increases the influx of foreign capital in the country.

Saudi Arabia recognized the global economic impact of the sports industry and established the ‘General Presidency for Youth Welfare’ in 1974. Its purpose was to organize and manage sporting events in the country.

Since then, Saudi players are participating in international events including the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, and the Arab Pan Games

The hard work has started to bear fruits. 

Medals won by Saudis

Here’s a list of recent medals won by male Saudi national teams: 

  1. Saudi Arabia has qualified for four of the last five FIFA World Cups.
  2. The Saudis have won 25 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 23 bronze medals in Asian Games. 
  3. Saudi teenager Mosaad Aldossary won $250,000 in the global FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final.
  4. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, Hadi Al-Somaily won the silver medal for ‘Men’s 400-meter hurdles. 
  5. In Equestrian, Khaled Al Eid won a bronze medal for Individual show jumping in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  6. Ramzy Al Duhami, Abdullah Al Saud, Kamal Bahamdan and Abdullah Sharbatly won the bronze medals in the Equestrian team jumping in the 2012 London Olympics. 
Men playing soccer
Men playing soccer

Now let’s talk about the other half of the population. 

2010 marked the slight easing of Saudi women’s participation in sports, and since then, sportswomen have only continued to climb the ladders of success.

The hockey players are seeking a license from the Saudi GSA to register themselves as the first Saudi hockey team to represent the country at international levels.

Accomplishments of Saudi Sportswomen

Here’s a list of accomplishments by female Saudi national teams:

  1. A Saudi woman fencer won a gold medal at the sixth GCC Women’s Games in Kuwait.
  2. In the épée fencing, a Saudi lady won a bronze medal at the GCC Women’s Games.
  3. The Saudi bowling team finished its competition in fifth place at GCC games. 
  4. Sarah Attar and Judoka Wojdan Shaherkani were the first two female athletes to ever represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics (London 2012).
First Saudi women running in Olympics
First Saudi women running in Olympics

Acknowledging the sports sector as a business opportunity, Saudi’s Vision 2030 intends to excel in sports and be among the leaders of the sports industry regionally and globally.

With this vision, Saudi Arabia is trying to diversify the economy and further improve its financial resources and economic stability.

For this purpose, they’re hosting global level sporting events in the country. These sporting events will encourage Saudis to participate in sports and win for Saudi Arabia in International events.

International sports events in KSA

  1. In 2018, Saudi Arabia hosted the first motorsport event in Diriyah. This formula E race was an event of global significance.
  2. Jeddah invited international boxers for the Greatest Royal Rumble in 2018. The event was the first of its kind to happen in the Kingdom.
  3. Drone Racing League in Jeddah was the first professional league to happen in the country in 2018. 
  4. GSA hosted the first Riyadh International Marathon in Feb 2018. 
  5. Saudi Arabia hosted its first WWE women’s wrestling match in Oct 2019. 
  6. Clash on the Dunes was the first-ever World Heavyweight Title fight in the Kingdom. The fight happened as a part of the Diriyah season in Dec 2019.
  7. The first professional tennis tournament was staged in Diriyah in Dec 2019.
  8. The Kingdom is planning to host the Saudi Arabia Snookers Masters in Riyadh in October 2020.
Person riding a horse.
A person riding a horse.

Saudi Arabia wants to increase the number of accomplishments in every game. Hence, GSA is hosting these events, to showcase and enhance Saudi talent and potential. 

In the past year, the number of sports being played in the Kingdom has risen dramatically. The increasing number of sporting events is increasing, and so is the excitement in Saudis.

For tech assistance and event management, GSA partners with Hala Yalla. Together they’re trying to encourage a healthy lifestyle with fun and entertainment.

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Learn how playing sports impacts your life. Top 7 benefits

Sports not only provide entertainment. Learn the top 7 benefits of sports

Just like reading is necessary for mental health, playing sports is important for physical health.

It doesn’t only act as a pastime, but it also helps in the establishment of healthy habits and routines.

There is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence on the positive effects of sport and physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Let’s list down what active sports do for us.

1. Mental health 

The physical activity involved in sports stimulates hormones that help to sharpen focus, increase self-esteem, improve memory and boost mood. It also reduces the chances of depression and anxiety. 


Physical activeness forces you to engage yourself fully in the task at hand, leaving behind thoughts and worries you may have had beforehand. Active sport stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural happy chemicals.

Staying active is the easiest way to stay happy!

Happy kids playing together
Happy kids playing together

2. Physical health

A physically active body leads to better physical health. It enhances the immune system and reduces the chances of getting sick.

The chances of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are lower in an active person. The physical activity involved in sports improves the overall health of the cardiovascular system and prevents hypertension. 

Are you trying to lose weight? Join a team and start playing active sports. It burns calories, reduces body fat and improves metabolism as well.

Man doing tricks with cycle.

3. Psychological benefits of Sports 

Playing sports helps us psychologically, both in the short and long term. 

Active sports stimulate happy hormones that keep us away from depression and sadness. It allows us to challenge ourselves, set goals, and motivates to be better than yesterday.  

Long term psychological benefits come from communal experience. In a team, we learn to trust others, depend on our teammates, learn to give and accept help, and work together towards a common goal.

Playing sports also instills leadership qualities in players which they can apply in all dimensions of their life. 

Man tying child's shoelaces
Man tying child’s shoelaces

4. Muscular strength

Active sports can help us improve muscular strength and endurance. It improves joint flexibility and aids the building of dense and strong bones. Also, players have fewer chances of osteoporosis and serious injuries and have improved stamina and concentration.

Participation in aerobic activities -such as running, cycling- improves blood circulation and effective transportation of oxygen in the body.

Researchers have also observed improved reflex responses in athletes.

Man in a gym
Man in a gym

5. Improves the sleep cycle

Sports also help in the improvement of the sleep cycle. Tiredness makes us fall asleep faster and we also enjoy deep sleep. 

Exercise during active sports increases body temperature. The drop in temperature after an exercise stimulates the sleep cycle. It also reduces insomnia, anxiety and depressive symptoms and helps you fall asleep quicker.

However, it’s recommended not to play late in the day. It’ll leave you too energized to sleep. 

Man sleeping with his dog
Man sleeping with his dog

6. Sports teaches failure

It’s the most long term benefit that impacts the player’s personality and changes their outlook on life. 

Sports allow the players to learn to live the highs and lows of both winning and losing. 

These setbacks build resilience and make them strong. 

They go through the experience of coming to terms with defeat and learn from their mistakes. It helps them to cope with their social, academic and physical hurdles with ease. 

Hands joined together
Hands joined together

7. Having fun

Alongside every benefit we get from playing sports, the best of all is fun.

Sports bring entertainment, enjoyment, strength, reason to hang out with friends, and motivation to stay active!

Play with your friends, start active living and enjoy the fun and excitement it brings!

Two boys in soccer field
Two boys in a soccer field

To achieve Saudi Vision 2030, GSA is organizing many sporting events in the Kingdom. Stay updated on these events with the Hala Yalla app and make an active and healthy community around you. Download the app now on Android or iOS