Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, stated in an interview with Fox News that aired Wednesday that he would not care about allegations of sportswashing made in opposition to his nation.
“If sportswashing [is] going to extend my GDP [gross domestic product] by means of 1 p.c, then I’ll proceed doing sportwashing,” he stated, in line with Foxnews.com. “I do not care.”
By way of its Public Funding Fund, Saudi Arabia has been more and more aggressive in its involvement in international sports activities lately, highlighted in america by the creation of LIV Golf, which recruited high-profile gamers from the PGA Tour, finally resulting in a union between the 2.
Critics have argued a lot of these investments are executed to launder Saudi Arabia’s picture to the remainder of the world. Nonetheless, bin Salman contends that isn’t the case.
“One p.c development of GDP from sport and I am aiming for an additional one-and-a-half p.c — name it no matter you need, we’ll get that one-and-a-half p.c,” he stated.
This summer season, groups in soccer’s Saudi Professional League, with assist from the PIF, spent practically $1 billion buying a number of European-based stars, together with Brazilian ahead Neymar. Cristiano Ronaldo joined the league in January. The league’s video games are broadcast in america by Fox Sports activities.