History

Short Biography
The Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee was established in (1384 Hijri), 1964 AD. It is a supreme body with an independent legal personality, sponsored by the government, and helps it to achieve its goals and objectives. It is the only entity representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the continental and international Olympic organizations.
The Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee became an official member within the International Olympic Committee in 1965, after establishing five national Olympic federations of (Athletics, football, volleyball, basketball, and cycle federations). Five presidents have chaired the Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee from 1964 to 2021. The Saudi Olympic Committee and the Saudi Paralympic Committee were merged as a single entity in December 2021 and named as the Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Moreover, Saudi sports organizations are about 97 federations, committees, and associations.
History
The Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee was established in 1964 and recognized in 1965 by the Olympic Council of Asia. The Olympic values were embraced through the development, promotion and protection of the Olympic Movement in Saudi Arabia in accordance with the Olympic Charter.
Eleven presidents have chaired the Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee from 1964 to 2020.
Presidents of the Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee:
President Term
Dr. Slaeh Bin Nasser 1964-1966
HE. Sheikh Abbdulrahman Bin Abdullah Abalkhail 1966-1968
HRH Prince Abdullahj Alfaisal Bin Abdulaziz ALSAUD 1968-1972
HE. Sheikh Abbdulrahman Bin Abdullah Abalkhail (Second presidency) 1972-1974
HRH Prince Faisal Bin Fahad 1974-1999
HRH Prince Sultan Bin Fahad Bin Abdulaziz 1999-2011
HRH. Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal Bin Fahad Bin Abdulaziz 2011-2014
HRH. Prince Abdullah Bin Musaad Bin Abdulaziz 2014-2017
HE. Mr. Mohammed Bin Abdulmalik Al Alsheikh 2017
HE Advisor. Mr. Turki Bin Abdulmohsen Al Asheikh 2017-2019
HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki ALFAISAL AL SAUD 2019-currently


11 general secretaries of SOPC:
General Secretary Term
HRH Prince Khalid ALFAISAL Bin Abdulaziz AL SAUD 1964-1971
HRH Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Bin Abdulaziz 1971-1975
Mr. Othman Bin Mohammed Alsaad 1975-1992
Mr. Sulaiman Bin Abdulrahman Aljabhan 1992-2000
Dr. Rashed Bin Hamad Alhraiwil 2000-2012
Mr. Mohammed Bin Hassan Almisehel 2012-2015
Mr. Abdullah Bin Ibrahim Almusaileek 2015
HRH Prince Abdulhakim Bin Musaad Bin Abdulaziz 2015-2016
Mr. Husam Bin Ali Alqurashi 2016
Mr. Abdullah Bin Yousef Alghamdi 2016-2017
Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Alenezi 2017-2021
HH Prince Fahad Bin Jalawi Bin Abdulaziz Bin Musaad 2021-Currently


SOPC Presidencies
1. Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser (1964 – 1966)
The story started when a delegation, led by Dr Saleh bin Nassir, later to be known as the first president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee. Dr Saleh attended the 62nd IOC session, where the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee obtained the official membership as the sole representative of the Olympic movement in Saudi Arabia when all nessecery requirements of establishing 5 national federations:
• Football federation
• basketball federation,
• cycle federation, athletics federation,
• volleyball federation
2. His Excellency Shaikh Abdulrahman ibn Abdullah Abalkhail (1967-1968)
The general assembly of SAOC elected His Excellency Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Abalkhail, Labor Minister back then, to be the second president of SAOC after the presidency of Dr. Saleh to incorporate the Olympic movement within the labour lifestyle of Saudi in the late sixties.
3. HRH Prince Abdullah Al Faisal (1969 – 1972)
During the period of Prince Abdullah, SAOC managed to prepare the first ever athletes delegation to take part in the Summer Olympic Games that took place in Munich in 1972 by participating with seven athletes from the Athletics Federation,
4. His Excellency Shaikh Abdulrahman ibn Abdullah Abalkhail (1973 – 1974)
Shaikh Abdulrahman was re-elected once again as president of SAOC after the Summer Olympic Games for only one year.
5. HRH Prince Faisal ibn Fahad ibn Abdulaziz (1975- 1999)
• HRH supported physical activity and established the first official national football team
• Chaired Islamic Sports Solidarity Federation
• Prince Faisal chaired the Kingdom’s committee for the merit in literature prize, which still encourages youth to study and investigate the field of sports sciences.
• establish the Ministry of Youth and Sport (formyl the General Presidency of Youth Welfare).
• During his presidency, Saudi Arabia participated in Montreal Olympics 1976 with 27 athletes.
• Prince Faisal Bin Fahad chaired many sports organizations through 28 years of his career such as the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (formyl Arab Sports Confederation), the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation, Union of Arab Football Association, the International Committee for the Preservation of Islamic Legacy, Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, Saudi Arabian Football Federation, Saudi Special Needs Sports Federation, Saudi Equestrian Federation, National Youth Hostels Society and many other organizations.
• HRH was one of the IOC’s most prominent members from 1983 – 1999.
• Prince Faisal adopted a series of 5-year development plans, by which large sports infrastructure projects that included establishing 150 sport clubs, 13 sport mega-complexes, 21 youth hostels, leaders development institute, a sports medicine hospital and many of public sports facilities were established all over Saudi Arabia.
• The number of sports Federations also increased from 5 to more than 25.
• the number of youths practising of sports has enormously increased.
• Saudi Arabia participated for the first time ever in the Olympics LA 1984.
• The kingdom started to dominate the Asian sport field in football and many other sports in the early 1980s
• major sports achievements as FIFA U-17 World Football Cup in 1989), Asian Football Cup (1984-1988 -1996), Asian Football Cup for Youth (1986-1992) and Asian Football Cup U-17 (1985-1988).
• HRH played a significant role in the establishment of FIFA Confederations Cup, where the first three editions were held in Saudi Arabia.
• Became an official IOC member in 1983
• A recognizable effective contribution was led by HRH in the establishment of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
6. HRH Prince Sultan Bin Fahad ibn Abdulaziz (1999-2011)
• SOPC won the first Olympic medals ever by Hadi Souan during his presidency
• A bronze Olympic Medal was achieved during his term by the rider Khlid Aleid
• Female athlete Dalma Malhas delivered a bronze medal within Show Jumping Competition in Youth Olympics Singapore2010 during HRH term
• Saudi football national team was ranked 2nd twice in AFC Cup in 2000 and 2007.

7. HRH Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal ibn Fahad ibn Abdulaziz (2011-2014)

• HRH became an official member of the IOC’s International Relations Commission in 2002.
• He became a very active communicator and one of the most followed leaders on online social networks such as Twitter.
• He was the first sports leader within the Arab region to initiate digital communications via Twitter.
• Paved the way to female athletes to compete in London2012 Olympics for the first time ever
• The third Olympic medal were delivered by the Saudi National Equestrian team during his term

8. HRH Prince Abdullah ibn Musaid bin Abdulaziz (2014-2017)
Despite the short period of the presidency of HRH Prince Abdullah, he pave the way for the next presidents with a comprehensive development and improving programs as:
• Initiating Gold 2020 program to prepare the Olympic athletes.
• Independency of National Saudi Sports Federations
• Implementation of new strategies, plans, and workshops to enhance the improve renderings and deliverables of SOPC and overcome several financial challenges of the Saudi football federation.
• Initiated women empowerment program by which the number of female employees increased by 15% in the ministry of Sports.
9. His Excellency Mohammed ibn Abdulmalki Al Alshaikh (2017)
• Saudi Football National Team qualified to the World Football Cup 2018 during his presidency.
10. His Excellency Advisor Turki ibn Abdulmohsen Al Alshaikh (2017-2019)
Following the 2030 Saudi Vision, H.E Advisor Turki Al Alshaikh initiated a new strategy and focused on increasing participation by acknowledging mass sports for fun and entertainment.
• Initiated strategies focused on increasing mass sports participation
• Princess Reema Bint Bander Bin Sultan Chaired Sport for All Federation as first female president of the federation and numerus activities were activated
• Agreement with STC and Saudi Football Federation for sponsorship and marketing with an estimate budget of 660,000,000SR
• Female fans are allowed to attend sports competitions
• Support national sports coaches
• The establishment of 32 new federations
• Hosting the Italian Super Football Cup (Milan VS Juventus), King Salman Chess Cup, and Mohammed Ali Boxing Cup.
• Saudi Arabia was granted three IOC memberships (Prince Abdulaziz ALFAISAL in IOC Marketing Commission, Prince Fahad Bin Jalawi in IOC Puplic Affairs and Social Development Through Sport Commission, and Princess Reema Bint Bander in IOC Women Sport Commission)
• Karate Athlete delivered a Gold Medal in Buenos Aires Youth Olympics during HE presidency.
11. HRH Prince Abdulaziz ibn Turki Alfaisal (2019-Present)
• The General Sports Authority Became officially the Ministry of Sports
• 170 Saudi Sport clubs received a financial support of 2.5 Billion Saudi Riyals and supported financially various sports in the Kingdom.
• The establishment of Athletes Commission
• Riyadh won the bid to host the Asian Games 2034
• Riyadh won the bid to host the AIMAG
• Riyadh is to host the World Combat Games
• Karate Athlete Tariq Hamdi delivered the 4th Saudi Olympic Medal in Tokyo2020 Olympics
• The merging of the Saudi Olympic Committee and the Saudi Paralympic Committee and officially named as “ The Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee”
• Saudi Arabia reached out the number of 97 Sport federations and associations

Olympic Participations
• The participation of SOPC in several events and conferences of IOC, ANOC, AND OCA in the fields of Olympic education, Women Sports, art, culture, environment, peace, and development
• Since 1968, SOPC has participated in all the Summer Olympics, except the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The SOPC also participated in the Youth Olympic Games held in "Singapore in 2010" and "Nanjing 2014".
• SOPC has participated in the Asian Games since 1978, in addition to other games organized by the Olympic Council of Asia, Such as the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Asian Beach Games, Asian Youth Games, and West Asian Games.
• Saudi Arabia played a significant role in the establishment of the Olympic Museum in 1993.

Olympic medals
• Sydney 2000 Olympics - Hadi Souan - Athletics (400m Hurdles) - Silver
• Sydney 2000 Olympics - Khaled Al Eid - Equestrian (Individual Show Jumping) - Bronze
• London 2012 Olympics - Ramzi Al-Dahamy, Abdullah Al Saud, Kamal Bahamdan, & Abdullah Sharbatly - Equestrian (showjumping team) - bronze
• Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Tarek Hamdi - Karate (75 kg weight) - silver

International Olympic Committee Memberships
1. 1983-1999: HRH Prince Faisal bin Fahd (IOC membership)
2. 2002-2014: HRH Prince Nawaf bin Faisal (IOC membership)
3. 2020-Currently: HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud (IOC Membership)
4. 2014: HRH Prince Nawaf bin Faisal Al Saud (IOC Honorary Membership).
5. 2016-2018: HH Prince Khalid bin Bandar Al Saud ( IOC Public Affairs and Social Development Commission).
6. 2016-2018: Mr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi (IOC Marketing Commission).
7. 2018-currently: HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal (IOC Marketing Commission).
8. 2018-currently: HRH Princess Rima bint Bandar Al Saud (IOC Women and Sports Commission)
9. 2018-currently: HH Prince Fahd bin Jalawi (IOC Public Affairs and Social Development Commission)



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coomitte SAOC

Athletes Commission.
Media & Marketing Committee.
Women Committee.

12

Olympic Participations

1972, 1976, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016
2020 postponed (COVID-19 Pandemic)

66

Total Olympic Medals

Includes gold, silver and bronze medals