It’s a news that won’t make headlines on the main press, of course. Does it really matter in the scale of things. A little boy from Saudi won a U13 title in Norway.
But how important is it for Squash in that country? It’s huge. The Olympic Committee tweeted about it, the General Sport Authority as well…
للمره الأولى في تاريخ الأسكواش السعودية..
لاعب المنتخب السعودي للأسكواش ياسر آل عباس يحقق ذهبية بطولة النرويج الدولية تحت 13 عام قبل قليل..
ألف مبروك الذهب للبطل ياسر 🥇🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/G0F1eTrs2q
— الأولمبية السعودية (@saudiolympic) March 31, 2019
There are two people behind this break through. First, Samer Al-Khateeb, who I was lucky to meet when I went to Saudi Al-Khobar 10 years ago, he was kind enough to invite us to his home.
On my way with Yasser, Salem and Nasfan to participate in the 2019 Eye Norwegian Junior
(under 13) 29th March – 31st March 2019 at Lysaker, ESF Junior Circuit – Open event.
(Sponsored by President of the Saudi Squash Federation, Ziad Al-Turki)
Thanks @zalturki@Saudisq1992 pic.twitter.com/LqKwv6vzT8
— SAMER (@SAMSQUASH1) March 27, 2019
The second is the President of the Saudi Federation, a name we know pretty well on the Tour, Mr Ziad Al-Turki, who is nonetheless PSA Chairman, and who is sponsoring the three boys that went to Norway.
Not to mention a hero welcome…
— صحيفة عكاظ (@OKAZ_online) April 1, 2019