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In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

Prince Abdulaziz launched the largest sporting event in Riyadh. The event will be open to both men and women and more than 6000 athletes and 2000 technical and administrative supervisors from 13 regions in the Kingdom are expected to participate.

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

Saudi sports minister, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal announced the launch of the Saudi Games on Wednesday in Riyadh. Image: @gsaksa

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

"I [am] proud to launch the biggest sporting event in the kingdom's history," said the Saudi sports minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki.  Image: SPA

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

The "Saudi Games" will be held in Riyadh between March 23 and April 1. Image: SPA

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

Saudi Games will feature 40 sports - including swimming, athletics, archery, badminton and basketball - that will be open to men and women. Image: @gsaksa

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

More than 6000 athletes and 2000 technical and administrative supervisors from 13 regions in the Kingdom are expected to participate. Image: SPA

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

The top prize reserved for gold medallists is one million riyals ($267,000), organisers said. Image: SPA

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

Saudi Arabia’s newly appointed sports minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal. Image: SPA

In pictures: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki launches Saudi Games

Guests attended the launch event in Riyadh. Image: SPA