Sports of Saudi Arabia
Other organized sports that have gained a following among Saudis include volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, and basketball.
Saudi Arabia has several golf courses. American expatriates introduced golf to Saudi Arabia in the late 1940s, when they created a course in the sand near Dhahran. They mixed oil with the sand to keep the course from blowing away, a method that is still in use.
Men can often be found playing sports, but women rarely participate in sports and never in the presence of men; this has given rise to many indoor gyms.
Saudi Arabia became an official participant in the Olympic Games in 1965. There are training programmes for coaches, referees, and sports-medicine personnel.
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