Konya, Turkey, August 11, 2022: Matt Favier, an Australian high-performance sports specialist and newly appointed CEO at the Saudi Olympic Training Center, said during the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey that “Riyadh 2034 Asian Games is the target!”
Favier is among the Saudi Arabian delegation at the 5th ISG with the participation of 54 Islamic countries from August 9-18.
He added: “The impact of Konya 2022 is huge. It is always a great opportunity to allow the elite athletes to participate in such mega championships like this.”
Regarding the 2034 Asian Games in Riyadh, he added: “We are not in a hurry, we have time, and we care about the quality of development. One of the best ways to help our athletes grow is through meeting and competing against international athletes from around the world.”
As for the Saudi Olympic Training Center’s role, Favier said: “We have around 200 elite athletes representing 17 sports, and we aim to provide a complete environment that helps the athlete focus on practising sports and reaching their goals.”
According to Favier, the training center and Elite Program are an example of the implementation of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and shows the ambitions of the sports sector and the tremendous support received by athletes, clubs and federations from the Kingdom’s government and the Quality-of-Life Program, in addition to the Kingdom becoming champions on the local and international level.
Favier is a sports administrator with over 25 years of experience across various sports. He recently served as CEO of Hockey Australia, where he developed a national league with teams playing home and away.
Source: SOPC Press Release