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Hajj 2019: Nigeria Loses 9 Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Hajj 2019: Nigeria loses 9 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Dr Ibrahim Kana, the Chairman of National Medical Team of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Monday August 12, confirmed that 9 Nigerian pilgrims died while performing the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

 

The confirmation came after report of the death of Alhaja Folashade Lawal, a female Nigerian Pilgrim from Oshodi Local Government Area of Lagos State. Dr Ibrahim Kana further disclosed that three pilgrims from Kano, two from Katsina, one each from Sokoto, and Nasarawa as well as one international pilgrim died in this year’s Hajj.

 

“Yes, that’s correct. We lost a pilgrim yesterday (Sunday) at the Jamarat. She actually collapsed. She was immediately evacuated from the Jamarat area to a facility called Mina Adisu Hospital. She eventually died. She is a known hypertensive.

“There is a possibility that the fact that she is a known hypertensive, she may have had fully heart disease that actually triggered the collapse and she subsequently died. She is from Lagos,” Dr Kana said in reaction to enquiries from journalists.

He added that the major complaints from patients at the yearly Hajj include body pain as a result trekking for a long distance, cough, catarrh and severe chest infections.

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr: Rematch in Saudi Arabia On 7 December

Anthony Joshua was beaten for the first time in 23 professional bouts when Andy Ruiz Jr gained a shock win in June

Britain’s Anthony Joshua will face unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in Saudi Arabia on 7 December.

The pair fought in New York in June, with Ruiz earning a shock seventh-round stoppage victory to hand Joshua his first professional loss.

Ruiz, who was knocked down in the third round before recovering, picked up the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles.

Cardiff’s Principality Stadium had been among the options to host the rematch.

Joshua, 29, had said his preference was to fight in the Welsh capital, where he has previously fought in front of crowds of more than 70,000 people for his wins over Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker.

However, 29-year-old Ruiz, who was born in the United States but has Mexican heritage, had ruled out a fight taking place in the United Kingdom.

Saudi choice questioned over human rights

Human rights campaigners have questioned the choice of venue, citing Saudi Arabia’s “abysmal” human rights record.

Amnesty International said Joshua should learn about conditions in the country and “be prepared to speak out” on the issue.

Amnesty UK’s head of campaigns Felix Jakens said the heavyeight contest was “likely to be yet another opportunity for the Saudi authorities to try to ‘sportswash’ their severely tarnished image”.

Saudi Arabia hosted British boxer Amir Khan’s recent win over Billy Dib and Callum Smith’s success over George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final in September.

The country also hosted the opening race of the Formula E season in December, is in talks to host a Formula 1 race before 2021 and recently announced it will stage the richest race in horse racing history in February.

“Despite some long-overdue reforms on women’s rights, Saudi Arabia is currently in the grip of a sweeping human rights crackdown – with women’s rights activists, lawyers and members of the Shia minority community all being targeted,” Jakens added.

“There’s been no justice over the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen is carrying out indiscriminate attacks on homes, hospitals and market-places with horrific consequences for Yemeni civilians.

“As with other sporting stars going to Saudi Arabia, we’d call on Joshua to inform himself of the human rights situation and be prepared to speak out about Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record.”

Fight details released on Monday

The fight will be broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Joshua’s promoters, Matchroom Boxing, said a news conference would be held on Monday, 12 August when more details would be revealed.

One issue that has not yet been disclosed is the start time of the fight.

Saudi Arabia is three hours ahead of GMT, so while a midnight start in the Middle East in December would mean a 21:00 start in the UK, the fight would be taking place in early afternoon in Los Angeles and early evening in New York – times which could prove unpopular with fans in America paying to stream what will be the biggest fight in the sport this year.

Ruiz scored four knockdowns on his way to a seventh-round stoppage on what was Joshua’s much-publicised US debut on 1 June. The result ranked as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the heavyweight division, with Joshua a 1-25 favourite before the bout.

Since his win, Ruiz has questioned Joshua’s boxing skills, while Joshua has spoken of a belief in his ability to “right my wrongs”.

Analysis

It was one of the greatest surprises in June and now we have a surprise of heavyweight proportions regarding the venue of Diriyah, on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh.

There’s been many a rumour in recent years about big fights heading to the Middle East but nothing on this scale has ever been finalised.

Last September, Callum Smith beat George Groves to lift the WBA super-middleweight title in Jeddah and, a month ago at same venue, Amir Khan fought a badly-overmatched Australian Billy Dib. On each occasion, the atmosphere was lively rather than raucous.

Already criticisms have been aired about the suitability of the venue for political and human rights reasons, as was the case in the run-up to last year’s football World Cup in Russia and the Olympic Games in Beijing just over a decade ago. Also, fans in the UK are complaining that they’ve been let down because of the cost and the logistics involved in getting there to watch.

Joshua is acutely aware of boxing history and has spoken in past about how he respects the way Muhammad Ali travelled as heavyweight champion, truly living up to the billing of world champion.

Ali boxed in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and elsewhere; George Foreman fought for the heavyweight title in Venezuela and Jamaica.

And even though the belts no longer belong to Joshua, it could be that Saudi Arabia will become a defining venue in his career, remembered as the scene of his return to world champion status. The bookmakers certainly think so, installing Joshua as the 1-3 favourite, thereby contradicting the views of the many respected pundits who feel Ruiz will repeat his success.

But, no question where it takes place, it’s one of the most eagerly-awaited heavyweight fights in 30 years after the scale of that surprise.

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Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr: Saudi Arabia A Strong Contender To Host Rematch

Ruiz (right) knocked Joshua down four times on his way to an upset in June

Saudi Arabia has emerged as a strong contender to host Anthony Joshua’s much anticipated rematch with unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.

The Middle East country has delivered a lucrative proposal which is under serious consideration by Joshua’s team.

An offer from Dubai was also put forward but Saudi Arabia and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium are the destinations now likely to play host.

The IBF, WBA and WBO world title bout is set for 7 or 14 December.

An announcement on the destination could take place as soon as Friday if final talks progress adequately.

Joshua has said his preference is to stage the fight in Cardiff, but odds on Saudi Arabia playing host have fallen to 1-20 with one bookmaker.

The venue for the repeat fixture has been a topic of uncertainty since Ruiz, 29, said he would not be making the first defence of his titles in the UK.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has said returning to the US – where 29-year-old Joshua fell to a shock defeat at New York’s Madison Square Garden – is unlikely.

A potential stumbling block for Saudi Arabia could be the country’s time zone. Joshua’s bouts are televised on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, which is two hours behind Saudi.

But the east coast of the US is seven hours behind Saudi Arabia, while the west coast is a further three hours behind.

If the bout therefore started at midnight in the Middle East, it would be taking place at 17:00 in New York and 14:00 in Los Angeles – times which could prove unpopular with fans paying to stream what will be the biggest fight in the sport this year.

Saudi Arabia has made plays to hold significant sporting events in recent years, and hosted British boxer Amir Khan’s recent win over Billy Dib and Callum Smith’s success over George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final in September.

The country hosted the opening race of the Formula E season in December, is in talks to host a Formula 1 race before 2021 and recently announced it will stage the richest race in horseracing history in February.

However, when Khan accepted his bout with Dib, Amnesty International highlighted Saudi Arabia’s “abysmal human rights record”.

The country’s controversial Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has said he wants to reform the country both in social and economic terms as part of his ‘Vision 2030’ plan – but he has also been strongly linked with the murder of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.

Social reforms have included lifting the ban on women being able to drive, while high-profile pop stars have been enticed to perform in Saudi Arabia in order to enhance the country’s image.

Ruiz scored four knockdowns on his way to a seventh-round stoppage on what was Joshua’s much-publicised US debut on 1 June. The result ranked as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the heavyweight division, with Joshua a 1-25 favourite before the bout.

Since his win, Ruiz has questioned Joshua’s boxing skill set, while Joshua has spoken of a belief in his ability to “right my wrongs”.

Saudi Arabia Concludes Arrival Stage of 2019 Hajj, Records 1.8m Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia concludes arrival stage of 2019 Hajj, records 1.8m pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s Director General of Passports Major General Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya on Wednesday August 7, revealed that 1,819,790 pilgrims arrived the Kingdom to perform the annual Hajj rites.

Addressing a press conference in Jeddah, Al-Yahya said1,708,152 people arrived through airports across the Kingdom, 94,388 through land ports, while 17,250 came through sea transport. He further disclosed that 300 forged visas were discovered while documents were being processed.

 

Saudi Arabia concludes arrival stage of 2019 Hajj, records 1.8m pilgrims

Major General Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya revealed that they are already prepared for the second phase of the pilgrimage which is the departure of the pilgrims to their various countries, but also warned that pilgrims staying beyond the Hajj season will face the wrath of the law if caught.

Music: Saudi – Pull Up Ft. Emtee

Pull Up is taken off Saudi’s newly released album D.R.U.G.S Inc released today under Ambitiouz Entertainment Featuring Emtee.

The song is decent at best as they are way better songs housed on the project.

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Music: Emtee – Summertime High Ft. Saudi

From his newly released “Manando”, album here is “SummerTime High” by EmteeSaudi

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