Saudi Sports chief hosts French foreign ministry official

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority, received French Foreign Ministry official Christophe Farno in Riyadh. (SPA)

The director of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the French Foreign Ministry, Christophe Farno, on Tuesday called on Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA).

They reviewed ways to enhance cooperation in the sports sector and activate joint programs in this regard.

Saudi Arabia is implementing an effective governance system in the sector. This is to increase the level of competitiveness across all sports and create a flourishing sports economy.

Developing the GSA’s new strategy required careful study with prominent international experts, and with the help of federations around the world.

The Kingdom has also introduced a unified points system to measure the popularity of various sports. They came then in two categories; Volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis and athletics are in the first category. While karate, cycling, table tennis, swimming and taekwondo are in the second one.