Dubai: Princess Reema Bint Bandar Bin Sultan Al Saud, winner of the Arab Sports Personality Award at Wednesday’s Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards, wants to see more women take up top positions in Saudi Arabian sport.
The first female to lead a Saudi sports federation when she took over as president of the Federation for Community Sports in October, Princess Reema is also Deputy President of Saudi Arabia’s Sports Authority for Planning and Development.
She won this award for her pioneering role in the founding and regulation of women’s sport in Saudi, including the introduction of sports among girls in public schools.
“I am hoping to see women in the top hierarchy of every sports federation in Saudi Arabia, for they will then become role models for the women who follow,” said Princess Reema.
“It is important that women take up these positions, learn on the job and then pass on their knowledge to the next generation.”
Princess Reema also said Arab nations should be more united to reap greater success.
“Our leaders ask us not just to be creative but also unified, and unification comes from education, morality and ethics.
“Today in the Arab world we have a new and ambitious world and our work is to make our ambition and dreams grow.
“By sharing the love of countries and the Arab world and the ambition to do something, I hope and pray to God that we will be successful in the future, leading not only in sports but all creative spheres.”