The Saudi show jumping team returned to the Olympic Games after a 12-year absence from it, after it booked on Monday a seat in the 2024 Paris Olympics next year.
The Saudi national team achieved first place in the Group G qualifiers, to ensure its return to international competition after its absence from the Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo editions.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic Committee, wrote on Twitter: I congratulate the Saudi jumping team knights, “Ramzi Al-Dahami, Abdullah Al-Sharbatly, Abdul Rahman Al-Rajhi and Khaled Al-Mubti qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics, while Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Abdullah, President of the Saudi Federation, responded. Equestrian Club for congratulating the Minister of Sports, saying: “This success that was achieved was only by the grace of God and then with the unlimited support of the sports sector and the continuous interest of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Highness the Crown Prince, and direct follow-up from your Highness. Thank you for paving the way for us to qualify for the Paris Olympics.”
The Saudi national team consists of Ramzi Al-Duhami, Abdullah Al-Sharbatly, Abdul-Rahman Al-Rajhi and Khaled Al-Mubti.
The Duhami and Sharbatly duo were among the team that won the bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, behind Britain and the Netherlands.
Khaled Al-Eid won the first bronze medal in Saudi Arabia’s Olympic history after he finished third in show jumping at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, after finishing third behind Dutchmen Jeroen Dubeldam and Albert Voorn.
Saudi Arabia has participated in 12 Olympiads since the 1972 Munich Olympics, which saw the participation of 10 athletes, and achieved 4 silver medals, the first in Sydney 2000 when Hadi Sou’an won silver in athletics, and the second was achieved by Tariq Hamdi in karate at the last Olympics, in addition to the bronze medals in show jumping in Sydney and London.