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Saudi and French Olympic Committees Sign Landmark Memorandum of Understanding

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - February 15, 2024

In a significant stride towards fostering bilateral cooperation and advancing sports diplomacy, the President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC), Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, and President of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), David Lappartient, convened in Riyadh today to formalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU, a landmark accord, underscores the commitment of both committees to fortify their ties and promote collaboration in various realms of sports and Olympic endeavors. Facilitating the exchange of expertise and sports knowledge, the agreement is poised to elevate administrative and technical capabilities on both fronts.

Notably, this momentous occasion marks the first-ever MoU between SOPC and CNOSF, signifying a pivotal step in the history of the French committee, which now counts this as its eighth such agreement.

The signing of the MoU gains additional significance against the backdrop of France's forthcoming hosting of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With Saudi Arabia's participation in these prestigious events, the agreement will afford the Saudi contingent an invaluable opportunity to closely observe and engage with the organization of these global sporting spectacles.

Expressing his enthusiasm, President Lappartient hailed the MoU as a golden opportunity to initiate collaborative projects, foster greater societal integration of sports, and bolster bilateral relations between the two committees.

Prior to the signing ceremony, President Lappartient graced the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Camel Festival, where he commended the exemplary organization of this esteemed race, underscoring the cultural and sporting richness of the region.

The signing of the MoU marks a pivotal moment in the collaboration between SOPC and CNOSF, poised to usher in a new era of sports diplomacy and cooperation, fostering mutual growth and development on the Olympic stage.



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