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Both fighters' camps have reportedly agreed to hold the bout in Saudi Arabia.

New survey by consulting company listed the trends and possibilities for the sports market in the Middle East.

Ronaldo rejects offer to become face of Saudi tourism

The New Arab Staff

Ronaldo rejects offer to become face of Saudi tourism

In another attempt to use elite sports to promote its image globally, Saudi Arabia offered footballing start Cristiano Ronaldo £5.3 million to become the face of its tourism.

Activists call for Saudi Dakar Rally boycott

The New Arab Staff

Activists call for Saudi Dakar Rally boycott

Competitors in Dakar Rally will pass within a few hundred metres of the prison where women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is being held.

Hamilton says Bahrain letter from prisoner's son 'hit home'

The New Arab Staff

Hamilton says Bahrain letter from prisoner's son 'hit home'

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton said he was moved by a letter from a man on death row in Bahrain and vowed he won't let rights violations 'go ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hunger-striking Saudi activist's trial resumes Wednesday: family

The trial of Loujain Hathloul began in March 2019, but campaigners and her family say court sessions are arbitrarily announced and closed to diplomats and journalists.

The New Arab Staff

Amnesty urges F1 against 'sportswashing' Saudi human rights abuses

Amnesty has urged F1 drivers to speak out in solidarity with Saudi human rights defenders.

The New Arab Staff

Women golfers urged to skip Saudi tour

A coalition of NGOs have called on organisers and participants to scrap this year's Ladies European Tour golf week in Saudi Arabia.

The New Arab Staff

Amnesty urges golfers to reconsider Saudi Arabia women's tournament

Amnesty has urged golfers invited to the tournament to 'take a proper look at the human rights situation in the country.'

French-Tunisian businessman behind Marseille bid denies Saudi links

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

French-Tunisian businessman behind Marseille bid denies Saudi links

French-Tunisian businessman Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi denied links he was operating as a Saudi intermediary in the ongoing bid to buy storied Ligue ...

Stasa Salacanin

Inside Saudi Arabia's controversial Newcastle takeover bid

A poor human rights record, broadcast piracy and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi are casting a shadow over the Saudi-funded takeover.

Rights activists urge Newcastle United to reject Saudi deal

The New Arab

Rights activists urge Newcastle United to reject Saudi deal

Reports emerged earlier this week that the potential Saudi takeover of the Newcastle football club was edging closer, after legal documents were ...

Israeli journalist sneaks into Saudi Arabia to film report

The New Arab

Israeli journalist sneaks into Saudi Arabia to film report

Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman filed a special news report for Israeli channel i24 News from the Saudi city of Jeddah on Crown Prince ...

Saudi appoints princess as UNESCO representative

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi appoints princess as UNESCO representative

In a rare move, Saudi Arabia has appointed a female - Princess Haifa al-Mogrin - as its envoy to UNESCO.

Dakar Rally opens dark new chapter in Saudi <em>sportswashing</em>

Anthony Harwood

Dakar Rally opens dark new chapter in Saudi sportswashing

Comment: An 'open' Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with hosting sporting events, and everything to do with transparency and accountability, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Portuguese motorcycle rider killed during Saudi Arabia's Dakar Rally

Paulo Goncalves died in a fall after seventh stage of the gruelling motorsport event, held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia to stage first women's pro golf event

Saudi Arabia will host a professional women's golf tournament in 2020, despite boycotts by golf superstars Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy earlier ...

The New Arab & agencies

Joshua beats Ruiz in controversial Saudi Arabia fight

The fight was played out to a backdrop of concerns that Saudi Arabia was using this and other big sporting events to divert attention from its ...

Sam Hamad

Joshua-Ruiz rematch puts Saudi sportswashing back in the ring

Comment: Lured by vast sums of money, the boxing elite has opted to bury its head in the sand when it comes to Saudi Arabia's shameful record, ...

Joshua-Ruiz rematch must not be held in Saudi Arabia

Wilson Dizard

Joshua-Ruiz rematch must not be held in Saudi Arabia

Comment: Holding the Joshua-Ruiz rematch, itself a problematic event, in Saudi Arabia will be an act of complicity in the kingdom's brutal human ...

The New Arab

MbS 'bid' for Manchester United prompts calls for boycott

Mohammed bin Salman reportedly offered to takeover Manchester United but if successful, the Saudi crown prince will harvest controversy over ...

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