By Gavin Gibbon
Gulf kingdom has set target to have 40% of population physically active by 2030
Saudi Arabia is over half way towards its target to have 40 percent of its population physically active by 2030.
Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, who is president of the Saudi Sports for All Federation, told Arabian Business that the target was a clearly defined KPI for the organisation.
He said: “Ambitious yes, but we are pushing hard to make it happen. I’m proud to say we are at 24 percent from 13 percent only two years ago, and that’s not counting expats or the number would be 31 percent.”
According to a report on diabetes from Colliers International earlier this year, 17.9 percent of the Saudi adult population has diabetes, and many more are likely to be either undiagnosed or pre-diabetic, a condition that leaves many on the edge of the chronic disease.
While more than a third (35.4 percent) of the kingdom’s adult population is obese.
Saudi Arabia spends the largest proportion of its health-care budget (24 percent) on diabetes, according to the report.
Prince Khaled said the federation is also looking at increasing participation in international events.
“We are doing things never thought possible like having the community engaged and advocating for fitness as much as we do, and having the Saudi Greens team, an all-woman team, represent the country at the Global Goals World Cup. This is all Vision 2030, and there is no limit to how far we can go,” he said.
Vision 2030 is the kingdom’s post-oil economy plans to make Saudi a more modern, tourist-friendly destination.