Ladies Saudi International: As women’s golf fights for equality, celebrities return to Saudi Arabia

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This Thursday, the event will be held at the Royal Green Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City. The club became the first professional women’s sporting event held in Saudi Arabia last year and made history.

With one of the most lucrative prizes on the Women’s European Tour (LET) schedule-a $1 million prize-it quickly became one of the most popular titles.

LET CEO Alex Armas has not forgotten the importance of holding a groundbreaking tournament with grand prizes.

“I think this is very important because, globally, we need to make people more active and participate in sports,” Armas said.
On November 15, 2020, a Saudi man watches a golfer participate in the Saudi Women's International Golf Championship.

“Obviously, I think the best way is to broadcast sports events on TV so that people can be inspired by these athletes and treat them as role models. To host so many quality sports events, just like Saudi Arabia. Participating in various sports is very important. The number of people who signed up for Ladies First Club and the amount of positive feedback is huge. “

A large number of superstar players have confirmed to participate in this week’s game, as well as defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen (Emily Kristine Pedersen).

Two-time Grand Slam winner Lydia Ko and other Grand Slam winners Georgia Hall, Anna Nordqvist and Laura Davies have been confirmed.

Although the singles match will begin this Thursday, the Saudi doubles match will end in the team match on Wednesday, November 10.

According to LET, the second of the two US$1 million LET tournaments held in 9 days is part of the Aramco Team Series held around the world to address inequality in women’s golf.

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Pedersen celebrated with a trophy after winning the 2020 Saudi Women's International.
“Women’s sports face challenges,” Armas said. “We have not received reports from men, but changes have taken place in this regard. The equality movement and corporate companies realize that there is an imbalance.

“We need to show them and their stories and incredible journey. We still have a long way to go. People don’t realize how good these women are. If they don’t see this, they don’t Will understand that. They can compete. They are good athletes just like men.”


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