Saudi Weightlifter Qualifies for Rio Olympics

Saudi weightlifter Mohammed Hussein Dhilib is headed to the Olympics. The 20 year old is expected to compete in the men’s weightlifting 69kg category at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The games will begin on August 5th.

Meet the Saudi 2016 Olympics Team

Dhilib qualified for the Olympics by virtue of his successful participation in Asian Qualifications Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had previously qualified for a spot in the Olympic weightlifting competition as a result of their finish in the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships. Dhilib ranked 10th in Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games and finished second in the Asian Championship in Thailand. He was voted best weightlifter in the Arab Championship in Morocco 2012 after winning six gold medals. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also qualified Olympic athletes in judo, shooting and track and field.

Sports, Exercise and Entertainment Figure Prominently in Saudi Vision 2030

Saudi Vision 2030 notes that a healthy and balanced lifestyle is an essential mainstay of a high quality of life. Yet opportunities for the regular practice of sports have often been limited. This will change. The Kingdom will encourage widespread and regular participation in sports and athletic activities, working in partnership with the private sector to establish additional dedicated facilities and programs. This will enable citizens and residents to engage in a wide variety of sports and leisure pursuits. We aspire to excel in sport and be among the leaders in selected sports regionally and globally. Saudi Vision 2030 has set a goal for the Kingdom that the ratio of individuals exercising at least once a week will increase from 13 percent of the Saudi population to 40 percent.

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