Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says he does not care when he is accused of sportswashing.
Saudi Arabia has been investing substantially on sports at home and abroad, particularly in the last two years, prompting claims that the high-profile plan is intended to wash the country’s brand and divert attention away from its abysmal human rights record.
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But speaking to Fox News in a rare television interview, Bin Salman said: “If sportswashing is going to increase my GDP by one per cent, then we’ll continue sportswashing.
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“I don’t care. I have one per cent growth in GDP from sport and I am aiming for another 1.5 per cent.NYSC Portal
“Call it whatever you want – we are going to get that 1.5 per cent.”
Saudi Arabia‘s sovereign wealth fund – the Public Investment Fund (PIF) – was seriously considering buying Manchester United before it bought an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle for £244m in October 2021.InformationGuideNigeria