Saudi Arabia's padel sport is groping its way into the world

Saudi Arabia’s padel sport is groping its way into the world

Munira Al-Barrak: We target half a million practitioners by 2030

The Saudi padel sport has made great strides towards finding a foot among the experienced and interested countries in this game, after its success in registering 450 male and female players through the local classification records, as part of its quest for excellence and achieving international classification.

Locally, this sport is on the right track in line with Vision 2030, which aims to raise the level of efficiency and success in various sports and games within the Kingdom.

The Saudi Committee for Badel has succeeded in registering 450 players so far (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Padel is a sport of tennis, but it differs somewhat from the sport of tennis, where this sport is played in pairs on a closed court smaller than natural tennis courts. The court also includes a set of walls and balls can be played on them, as is the case in squash, but the height of the ball must be at or below waist level during strikes.

The padel sport began in Mexico, and later moved to various countries of the world such as Spain, Italy and Argentina, and then in the Arab and Gulf countries “Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE” to spread this game in the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia, amid a clear increase in the number of players and players in the period Last.

The Saudi Committee for Padel Sports has given double attention to spreading this game in various regions of the Kingdom, through the establishment of the padel summer camp for children, which started on July 24 and will continue until August 17, with two training sessions per week. The camp will be held in the closed Badel Rush stadiums on the Boulevard.

The camp also contains two training sessions per week, divided into 3.5 hours each day (one hour for lunch), for a period of 3 weeks, where the child will perform technical exercises, coordination, grammar, mutual understanding, sports values, games, socialization and teamwork.

Al-Barrak confirmed their quest to reach half a million practitioners (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Spaniard Ivan Linars, coach of the Saudi national team for padel, expressed his confidence in the spread of this sport, which is growing at an excellent rate in the Kingdom, during statements he made to the media in a previous period, explaining that he expected more improvement and development for the Saudi padel during the upcoming local and international tournaments.

The Saudi Badel Committee stresses on its official website that it aims to enhance responsibility and education, by inviting children to teach them the rules of this sport, and learn how to be aware of the importance of nutrition and education on the culture of preparing personal tools for training and food. They will also have the opportunity to train directly with the coach of the national team, and to select talents in the padel game to start training with the Saudi national team.

Munira Al-Barrak, Executive Director of the Saudi Padel Committee, confirmed in statements to “Asharq Al-Awsat” that the padel sport is witnessing a great demand, whether through official classification tournaments, or through amateur practitioners in sports centers that have spread rapidly in all regions of the Kingdom. She also stated that the padel sport is considered a social sport and is one of the most enjoyable competitive games as it is played in pairs, which creates an atmosphere of fun and competition.

Al-Barrak explained, via Asharq Al-Awsat, that the next step includes registering 5,000 male and female players in local competitions, and half a million practitioners by 2030, in addition to preparing distinguished athletes to enter the international classification for the list of the top 100 players in the world, noting that the Saudi Al-Badil joined the International Federation in April. (April) last, in an important step in order to host the world championships at the end of this year or the beginning of 2023, according to the statements of the Executive Director of the Committee.

Badel Saudi Arabia includes 450 male and female players (424 male and female players). Fahd Al-Saad tops the local ranking of the men’s classification with 105 points, equal with Hassan Al Abdullah with the same balance, while Mansour Al-Rabdi is third, Abdullah Al-Faraj fourth, and Sattam Al-Shahrani fifth, while the player is in Abdul Rahman Al-Azzam in sixth place, and both Musaed Al-Azzam and Hussam Al-Nasser in seventh classification. As for the women’s classification, Ghada Al-Marmosh comes in first place with 17 points, equal to Mona Al-Khamis with the same number of points, while the player Arieh Farge is in third place, and Yasmine Farah and Rana Al-Shehri are in the fourth and fifth places.

On the other hand, Musaed Al-Azzam, the No. 7 player in the Saudi Badel sport, said in exclusive statements he made to “Asharq Al-Awsat” that he has a great ambition to enter the international classification, but the most important ambition that unites them now is to achieve success in a major tournament such as the World Cup. The world, who aspires to participate in it during the next season.

He added to “Asharq Al-Awsat” that the current qualifiers to reach the World Cup are not easy, because there are teams from Asia and others from Africa. The Saudi player indicated that most countries and teams have a similar level at the moment, with the exception of some teams such as Argentina and Spain.

The player promised that the next one would be better for the Saudi national team, stressing in his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat that the team will try to develop more in this sport in order to join the ranks of the Gulf teams that preceded them in this field, such as the UAE and Bahrain, for example, calling for an increase in the number of internal tournaments. and classification within the Kingdom during the coming period.

Al-Azzam touched on an important point across the “Middle East” with regard to sponsorship companies, explaining that there are other countries that are progressing in this field, such as Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the Emirates, but the positive thing is also the increase in the number of championships in the recent period, so there is a development, but it is not fast as it should It is requested by players and those interested in this sport.

The padel sport was also present in the Saudi Games, which is the largest local sporting event with million prizes, during the period from October 27 to November 7 next, after it was previously postponed due to the Corona pandemic, so there will be a new opportunity to prove The development and spread of the padel sport in Saudi Arabia through the expected national games.

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