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Riyadh Season Becomes Official Partner of the World Snooker Championship
Riyadh Season Becomes Official Partner of the World Snooker Championship

A three year ambassadorial agreement with Ronnie O’Sullivan has also been unveiled to establish a Ronnie O’Sullivan Snooker Academy in the Kingdom to foster talent in Saudi Arabia.

The partnership aims to develop Snooker in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals to host major sporting events.

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The Mastermind Behind The Venture

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Turki Alalshikh, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority, has been instrumental in facilitating this partnership. As a visionary, Alalshikh is familiar with initiating groundbreaking ventures with wide-reaching impacts. 

The announcement of Riyadh Season’s partnership with the WST is another feather in his cap, and it aligns perfectly with his vision of promoting diverse entertainment options in Saudi Arabia.

HE Alalshikh added, “Riyadh Season is delighted to partner in the World Snooker Championship, which will start next Saturday and continue until May 6th at Crucible in Sheffield.”

Riyadh Season and The World Snooker Tour

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The partnership between Riyadh Season and the WST is an exciting development for sports enthusiasts worldwide. Riyadh Season, known for its commitment to fostering diverse entertainment experiences, has solidified its support for the World Snooker Tour. 

As an official partner of snooker’s premier tournament, Riyadh Season is set to play a crucial role in expanding the sport’s footprint in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond.

The Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker

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The collaboration between Riyadh Season and the WST has already yielded successful results with the debut of the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker. The tournament, which saw Ronnie O’Sullivan emerge victorious, has been confirmed to return in the 2024/25 calendar. 

The upcoming tournament will feature the world’s top ten players and introduce two wildcard entries, spicing up the competition.

The Golden Ball: A Game Changer

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A unique feature of the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker is the innovative golden ball, known as the Riyadh Season ball. This game-changing element allows players to achieve a record-breaking score of 167. 

To make it even more appealing, the prize for achieving a ‘super-maximum’ break with the golden ball has been doubled to a whopping $1 million.

The Vision for Snooker’s Growth in Saudi Arabia

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These initiatives are significant strides in advancing snooker in Saudi Arabia. Alalshikh emphasized that these efforts aim to nurture a new generation of fans and talent who aspire to follow in the footsteps of their sporting idols. 

Riyadh Season’s commitment to diversifying its entertainment offerings through sporting events like snooker reflects its dedication to fostering a vibrant community where enthusiasts can pursue their passions.

The 2024 World Snooker Championship

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With the World Snooker Championship scheduled to commence on Saturday and continue until May 6th at the Crucible in Sheffield, Riyadh Season’s anticipation for the event is palpable. 

This championship is a testament to the growing collaboration between Riyadh Season and the WST, promising an exhilarating experience for fans worldwide.

Ronnie O’Sullivan: The New Ambassador

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In another significant move, [Ronnie O’Sullivan], the world’s number one snooker player, signed a three-year ambassadorial agreement. Known for his exceptional skill and record of clinching 23 Triple Crown titles, O’Sullivan’s involvement adds a new dimension to the partnership. 

As part of this agreement, O’Sullivan will participate in all WST events in Saudi Arabia and undertake special visits to the Kingdom to nurture budding talent through coaching sessions. This collaboration seeks to inspire a new generation of snooker enthusiasts and elevate the sport’s profile in the Kingdom.

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Enthusiastic Response

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Ronnie O’Sullivan expressed eagerness for the opportunity to contribute to the sport’s growth in Saudi Arabia. He underscored the potential to make snooker a significant cultural phenomenon in the region and affirmed his commitment to working alongside Alalshikh to realize Riyadh Season’s ambitious goals.

The Shared Vision

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Steve Dawson, the WST Chairman, echoed Alalshikh’s sentiments, highlighting their shared vision of expanding Snooker’s reach across the Middle East and nurturing grassroots talent. 

Dawson lauded the success of the inaugural Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker and expressed enthusiasm for the forthcoming Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters. This first-ever world-ranking event in the region will undoubtedly elevate the sport’s stature and provide lucrative opportunities for players.

A New Chapter for Snooker in Saudi Arabia

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The enhanced collaboration between Riyadh Season and the World Snooker Tour marks a new chapter in developing snooker in Saudi Arabia. This partnership promises a dynamic blend of sporting excellence and entertainment for enthusiasts across the region. 

Upcoming Sports Events in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters

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Saudi Arabia has revealed a transforming 10-year agreement to host the first-ever Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters, featuring a prize fund exceeding £2 million. 

The premiere of the Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters is scheduled to occur in Riyadh from August 31st to September 7th, 2024, positioning it as the ‘Fourth Major’ on the World Snooker Tour calendar.

6 Kings Slam

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Riyadh Season is gearing up to host the 6 Kings Slam, an exclusive Tennis championship scheduled for October 2024. 

This event, featuring renowned tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, is eagerly anticipated and seamlessly integrated into Riyadh Season, aligning with Saudi Arabia’s initiative to become a hub for major global sports events.

The FIFA World Cup 2034 

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Saudi Arabia has secured the hosting rights for the 2034 FIFA World Cup following the withdrawal of Australia’s bid. The support from the Asian Football Confederation was instrumental in this decision. 

The ultimate confirmation is anticipated at a dedicated FIFA congress set for the end of the upcoming year. This choice is consistent with Saudi Arabia’s broader aspiration to establish itself as a prominent international sports hub, aligning with the outlined objectives of Vision 2030.

The First Esports World Cup 2024

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Saudi Arabia is set to host the inaugural E-Sports World Cup in 2024, marking a significant milestone with the promise of the largest prize pool in esports history. 

This strategic initiative reflects the kingdom’s ambitious vision to establish itself as a prominent player in the global gaming industry, currently valued at $13.3 billion.

In efforts to elevate the esports sector, Saudi Arabia aims to substantially impact the job market by generating 39,000 new opportunities. This underscores the nation’s commitment to fostering growth and innovation in this rapidly expanding field.

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