Saudi Arabia to Host Second Edition of United Through Sports World Virtual Youth Festival 2021
After the first successful UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2020 held in Bangkok, Thailand, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host the UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2021. The festival will be organized by a special committee under the supervision of the Riyadh Asian Games 2034 Organizing Committee and United Through Sports (UTS). It will take place from 20-27 November with the participation of over 100 international federations and organizations from around the world with hybrid workshop and conference to take place in Riyadh host of the 2021 edition.
President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and OCA Vice President, HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al Faisal revealed that hosting this event in the kingdom would not have been possible without the generous and unlimited support from the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his Crown Prince His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, may God protect them. The vision is towards raising the level of sport in Saudi Arabia by hosting and organizing the most important global events in line with the kingdom's Vision 2030.
His Royal Highness added: “The kingdom is dedicated to developing the skills of youth through sport, education and culture, and this unique festival connects youth of all abilities across the world. Part of our mission is to ensure that despite the global pandemic, there is a significant increase of youth activity and sport engagement across Saudi Arabia.”
“Our united aim is to encourage the participation of over 30,000 children from around the world in this virtual festival, which will include 17 different events. The kingdom is proud to be the official host, reaching out from Riyadh to the world.”
Stephan Fox, President of United Through Sports, shared his enthusiasm and said: " This event was originally intended to provide opportunities for young people of all abilities and social backgrounds during the pandemic. But what we have learnt is that even after the pandemic, this event is an important contribution in combining all young people in the spirit of sport. You do not need passports, visas or air tickets, as we are all united on a virtual platform.”
President Fox emphasized that the festival allows participating organizations, particularly sports organizations to work with a united vision towards a goal much larger than their own federations. President Fox said: “All of the over 100 organizations instantly chose to participate and contribute, as the immense festival value is clear. There, I must echo the inspiring words of His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz who said so poignantly at the same event last year in Bangkok, when we unite, we are all right."
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