The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC) was founded in Riyadh in 1964 and subsequently recognized by the IOC in 1965 after the affiliation of the Saudi national federations of Athletics, Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Cycling to their respective international federations.
SAOC is an independent supreme sport organization supported by the state to achieve its goals. It is the sole organization representing Saudi Arabia in all Olympic activities as well as the multi-sport events at regional, continental, international and Olympic levels.
SAOC is composed of a General Assembly, Board of Directors and an Executive Bureau.
The General Assembly
The General Assembly is generally composed of representatives of national sport federations being the presidents or their deputies, some national organizations, IOC members in the Kingdom and distinguished sports and business personalities.
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of 15 to 17 elected members (including IOC Members in the Kingdom) distributed according to the following positions:
- Vice President
- Secretary General
- The remainders are members
The Executive Bureau
From within the Board, the Executive Bureau is composed of the Vice President as a chairman and seven members including the Secretary General and the Treasurer.
GOALS OF THE SAUDI ARABIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
The aim of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee is to spread the Olympic Movement and its ideals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It takes the Olympic Charter as basis for its goals, actions, and bylaws, and more precisely the provisions stipulated in the statutes, taking into consideration the laws and regulations in force in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
SAOC shall develop and support good relations with IOC and NOCs particularly those in Arab, Islamic and friendly countries.
It shall promote spiritual and ethical values as well as sportsmanship and fair play spirit among the youth. It will also cooperate with national federations and concerned organizations for the development of youth and sports in the Kingdom within the applicable regulations.