The President of the Sports Federation of Saudi Universities, Dr. Khaled Al-Muzaini, confirmed that the Saudi Universities Sports Federation seeks to build a national model for university sports in line with international best practices, allowing it to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s vision related to physical and sports activity, through a university sport in which the percentage of participants is high. With different abilities, levels and goals, in which justice opportunities are achieved between the sexes and among practitioners, and through which international representation is achieved that matches the position and capabilities of the Kingdom, so that university sports are among the biggest supporters of the nation’s sport.
Al-Muzaini said, during his meeting on the “In the Open” program on the first Saudi channel, about the union’s interest in female sports, as it formed a women’s team to develop female sports. At that time, only two tournaments were implemented, namely table tennis and badminton, due to the conditions of the Corona pandemic, during which sports activity stopped, noting that the Federation, in cooperation with the Institute for Leadership Development in the Ministry of Sports, was able to train women sports leaders such as referees, technicians, sports administrators so that the Federation could: The establishment of these two tournaments in the hands of Saudi women, as referees and management. Currently, with the launch of the current twelfth season, it has been decided to hold eight sports competitions for female students.
He pointed out that female students’ sport is new, so it is natural that there will be many challenges, such as the lack of a sufficient number of sports facilities and facilities that female students can use, and there is also a significant shortfall in the women’s cadre specialized in management, organization, arbitration and training in university sports. The Federation has a plan to overcome these challenges, so it has prepared a study with the support of the Quality of Life Program on the state of sports facilities in public universities and their branches and the extent of the need to establish and rehabilitate sports halls and facilities, especially for girls.
The prevalence of physical inactivity in Saudi society was estimated at about 70%, and this percentage is very high and common in all Arab Gulf countries. Unfortunately, note that the prevalence of physical inactivity is higher among females compared to males. The reports of the World Health Organization revealed to us as a Gulf society great health challenges, including the presence of five Gulf countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the list of the eight countries most affected and prevalent for diabetes, and this is only one example of many chronic diseases associated with physical inactivity.
Al-Muzaini said that an indicator has been prepared to measure the performance of universities in physical and sports activity, which is a means of measuring the percentage of achievement and its efficiency, so that the performance indicator acts as a catalyst for universities to participate in physical, sports and awareness activities organized and supervised by the Sports Federation of Saudi Universities.