Nawaf bin Faisal

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Nawaf bin Faisal
President General of Youth Welfare (Ministry of Youth and Sport)
In office January 2011 - present
Predecessor Sultan bin Fahd
Full name
Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz al Saud
House House of Saud
Father Faisal bin Fahd
Mother Munira bint Sultan bin Abdulaziz
Born (1978-04-01) 1 April 1978 (age 36)
Religion Islam

Nawaf bin Faisal (born 1 April 1978) is president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and a member of House of Saud.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Nawaf was born on 1 April 1978.[2] He is the eldest son of Faisal bin Fahd. His mother was Munira bint Sultan who died in June 2011 at age 59.[3] She was a daughter of late Sultan bin Abdulaziz.[4]

Nawaf holds a bachelor of law degree from the faculty of administrative sciences at King Saud University. He was graduated in 1998.[2]

Positions held[edit]

Nawaf bin Faisal was formerly vice-president of the Saudi Youth Hostels Society. He has been president of the Saudi Arabia Football Federation until his resignation on 1 March 2012. He confirmed he had resigned from his post following the national team's early exit from 2014 World Cup qualifying.[5] He was elected to the IOC in 2002.

He served as the deputy president of youth welfare.[6] He was then appointed president general of youth welfare, and replaced his uncle, Sultan bin Fahd.[7] He is also the president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee,[8] president of Federation of Arab National Olympic Committees,[3] and executive president of the Union of Arab Football Associations (Pan-Arab Football Federation).[9] He is also an ambassador for Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization, committed to serving peace in the world through sport.[10]

Controversy[edit]

According to Al Hayat newspaper, then-Crown Prince Nayef said in April 2012 that women can represent Saudi at the Olympics in London as long as they do not contradict Islamic laws. His approval was conditioned on women competing in sports that "meet the standards of women's decency and don't contradict Islamic laws," though even this concession seemed surprising. Yet only a few days later, the head of the Saudi Olympic Committee, Nawwaf bin Faysal, explicitly ruled out sending women athletes to the London Olympics. "We are not endorsing any Saudi female participation at the moment in the Olympics or other international championships," he told a press conference in Jiddah. Nawwaf added that Saudi women taking part on their own were free to do so, and the Kingdom's Olympic authority would "help in ensuring that their participation does not violate the Islamic shari'a law." Though he did emphasize that this was in accordance with a previously-stated position, it did seem a rebuff to Prince Nayef.[11]

Arab youth and sports ministers on 4 April 2012 announced their boycott of sports apparel manufacturer Adidas over the company's sponsorship of last month's Jerusalem marathon. "All companies that have sponsored the marathon of Jerusalem, including Adidas, will be boycotted," said Nawaf bin Faisal, chairman of the Arab youth and sports council of ministers, after a meeting in Jeddah. He told that the ministers also agreed to organise a separate marathon next year to coincide with the annual Jerusalem event.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Should Saudi Arabia be Banned from the Olympics?
  2. ^ a b "HRH Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz". Olympic Organization. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Prince Sattam performs funerary prayers over the deceased". Ain Alyaqeen. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Funeral Prayers For Princess Munira bint Sultan". Saudi Press Agency. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Somerford, Ben (1 March 2012). "Saudi Arabia FA president leads departures after early 2014 World Cup qualifying exit". Goal. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Extensions of ministerial tenure". Samirad (Riyadh). 30 April 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nawaf is new head of Youth Welfare". Arab News. 15 January 2011. 
  8. ^ The Saudi Arabian football federation
  9. ^ "تنصيب الأمير نواف بن فيصل رئيسا للاتحاد العربي". alyaum.com. دار اليوم. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Peace and Sport
  11. ^ Kapoor, Talal. "Nayif's Return - A Lame Duck Crown Prince?". Datarabia. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Arab sports council boycotts Adidas over Jerusalem event". Ten Sport. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.