Prince Abdulaziz: “This bid is the dream of a nation”

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Minister of Sports delivers elegant address presenting Saudi’s bid for the 2030 Asian Games

HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al Saud, Saudi Minister of Sports, delivered an elegant address presenting the Kingdom’s bid for the 2030 Asian Games in his capacity as President of Riyadh 2030 bid committee. The Minister stressed that while the “project is ambitious, it is also responsible,” adding that “excellence not extravagance” is the goal state for the event.

Parallels were drawn between the country’s own transformational journey on the road to realizing Vision 2030, and that of the upcoming 2030 Asian Games. He added that technology would be put to work to optimize the Asian Games experience for all, with tailoring playing a role.

The Minister emphasize that an environmentally-sustainable plan is proposed including no waste, using venues that already exist, and only developing new infrastructure where needed. Housing for athletes is designed to minimize travel times, thereby maximizing convenience.

During the address, Prince Abdulaziz said that the city of Riyadh’s transformation will play a large role in the Asian Games, as world-class athletic facilities are planned, together with an urban sports experience that includes outdoor events and live stations with a backdrop of both modernity and historic sites.

 Saudi Ambassador to the United States and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, spoke via livestream from Washington sharing her sentiments about the opportunities for women that would be provided by the 2030 Asian Games. Building on both opening statements, some of Saudi’s most influential figures took to the stage to present the country’s ambitions for the global event.

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