PSA Chairman Ziad Al-Turki Appointed to Saudi Olympic
PSA Chairman Ziad Al-Turki has been appointed to the Saudi Arabian
Olympic Committee alongside several other high-profile professionals in
the Saudi sports sector.
Since being elected as PSA Chairman in 2008, Al-Turki has been at the
forefront of the professional game’s growth over the past 13 years, with
major events such as the historic merger between the Professional Squash
Association and Women’s Squash Association (WSA), the creation of the
PSA’s OTT platform - SQUASHTV - and the sport’s first $1,000,000 prize
money tournament all happening during his tenure.
Playing opportunities and player prize money have also increased
significantly since Al-Turki was elected Chairman. The PSA currently has
over 1,200 members, up 86% since 2009, while total prize money across
the PSA Tour had increased to over $7,500,000 - up from $4,300,000 in
2009 - during the 2018-19 season, which was the final PSA Tour campaign
prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Al-Turki has also been a champion for equality and inclusivity within
squash and Saudi Arabia, and he played a key role in staging the first
ever professional women’s squash tournament in Saudi Arabia in 2018.
Al-Turki, who also serves as A. A. Turki Group of Companies (ATCO)
Chairman, will hold the position between May 2021 - May 2024 and his
role will see him work together with other members of the committee to
develop sport in Saudi Arabia.
“It is a great privilege for me to be part of the Saudi Arabian Olympic
Committee,” said Al-Turki.
"Participation in sport is on the up in Saudi, and one of the key
objectives of the committee is to get people to participate in sport
further to create a healthier society.
“The sporting landscape in Saudi Arabia has changed considerably in
recent years with an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, and I’m
excited to be able to play a part in helping the committee achieve its
goals in this new era for our kingdom."
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