91% of Saudi Arabians support a 2030 Asian Games in Riyadh

The Riyadh 2030 Asian Games bid today welcomed the results of a national opinion poll highlighting that a huge 91% of the Saudi public support Riyadh’s mission to stage the event.

The independent and extensive findings showcase the widespread endorsement of Riyadh’s bid by Saudi individuals across all ages, genders and areas in the country. The survey was conducted by market research and data analysis firm, DRC (www.drc.today).

The representative poll surveyed 1,300 respondents, across 13 Saudi cities, and revealed unique insight into the Kingdom’s support for the 2030 Asian Games, including:

91% of the Saudi population support the 2030 Asian Games in Riyadh

95% of Riyadh’s population are ready to welcome the 2030 Asian Games

92% of respondents from Riyadh would want to watch the Games as a spectator

92% believe a 2030 Asian Games in Riyadh would attract large crowds of supporters

98% of the Saudi population agree that Saudi Arabia would be highly capable hosts

89% of respondents think the Asian Games is relevant to them

74% would recommend the Asian Games to friends or family

The opinion poll reaffirms that an Asian Games in Riyadh enjoys unwavering public support and would provide complete commercial certainty based on the confidence of attracting a huge domestic audience at competition venues and generating strong interest amongst TV and online viewers.

Riyadh 2030 would also be Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Asian Games and aligns with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals, as set by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which seek to transform the lives of all Saudis, including increasing participation in sport through the country’s Quality of Life Program.

HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Alfaisal, President of Riyadh 2030 and President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, said:

"We’re delighted with the results of the public opinion poll, which reaffirm the strengths of our bid and the unwavering public support for Riyadh 2030. Saudi Arabia is home to a large population of 35 million people with the majority being passionate sports fans who are extremely excited by the prospect of a first-ever Asian Games at home here. Only Riyadh can offer the OCA the commercial certainty of millions of sports fans ready and wanting to buy tickets now.

"Our bid is a national priority for the whole country and our country is united in its effort to host the prestigious Asian Games and open a new chapter for the OCA. We are ready to welcome athletes and fans from all over Asia and beyond and to host a truly unforgettable and transformative 2030 Asian Games."

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