Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Defends Sports Washing in Fox News Interview

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Responds to Accusations of “Sports Washing”

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responded to accusations that Saudi Arabia practices “sports laundering” by investing money in changing or improving its image during an interview with the US network Fox News.

Defending “Sports Washing”

During an interview he gave to the network’s chief political anchor Bret Baier in Neom, he said, “If sports washing increases GDP by 1%, I will continue to do sports washing.”

He added: “I don’t care, GDP grew 1% through sport and I’m aiming for it to be 1.5%. Whatever, we’ll get 1.5%.”

The Crown Prince’s Hobbies

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia said that in his free time he likes to play video games, and also enjoys mountain trekking and diving. When asked what he does when he wants to relax in his free time, “I play video games,” and the TV presenter asked him, “Are you good at playing video games?” The Crown Prince replied, “I have loved these games since I was a child.”

Prince Mohammed bin Salman noted that video games “isolate him from reality” and spoke about esports, saying: “It is one of the most important sports in the entire world and one of the fastest growing industries on the planet as it grows. It’s 15-20% every year,” he added, adding, “It’s a wonderful thing that I don’t want to lose.”

Prince Mohammed bin Salman noted that he plays electronic games with his children and friends and that he “gets away from work for a few hours.”

Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that in his spare time he enjoys mountain walking and diving and “enjoying nature”, noting that he also plays golf, padel and football.

Source: Agencies

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