Joshua vs Fury, Formula 1 and Golf: The sporting events taking place in Saudi Arabia

The Middle East kingdom, which has come in for criticism from human rights campaigners, has attracted many high-profile sporting events.

Tyson Fury has announced his world heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua will take place on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.

The bout joins a growing list of international sporting events to take place in the Middle East kingdom, which continues to attract criticism for its human rights record.

Joshua previously avenged his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia - the same year former two-time world champion Amir Khan beat Australian Billy Dib in 2019.

'I have just got off the phone with Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia and he told me this fight is 100%, August 14,' Fury posted.

'All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 'I cannot wait, I repeat, cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all-time.

'This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet Earth. Do not miss it.'

Here, Planet Sport takes a look at the sporting events taking place in Saudi.

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place this year as Formula One bosses added a night race on the streets of Jeddah.

The race will be held on Sunday 5 December and will feature the fastest street circuit in the sport, with cars expected to average speeds of around 250km/h.

Soccer

Two Italian Super Cup finals have been held in Saudi Arabia.

Juventus - thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal - beat AC Milan in Jeddah in January 2019, before they lost 3-1 to Lazio in Riyadh later that year.

In January 2020, Real Madrid claimed the Spanish Super Cup in Jeddah at the end of a four-club tournament which also featured Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

Golf

Established in 2019, the Saudi International became the first European Tour event to be played in the country.

Rory McIlroy ruled out competing at the 2020 tournament, confirming there was "a morality" behind his decision. 

Dustin Johnson won the inaugural staging in 2019 and claimed a second title in 2021
Dustin Johnson won the inaugural staging in 2019 and claimed a second title in 2021

Fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell went on to win the event, while Dustin Johnson won the inaugural staging and added another title in 2021.

Snooker

October 2020 was scheduled to see Saudi Arabia host a ranking event for the first time, under a 10-year partnership deal with World Snooker.

But the inaugural Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters in Riyadh – which was set to have a total fund of £2.5million, including a top prize of £500,000 – was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Horse racing

The world's richest horse race is held in Saudi Arabia. The £15.2million Saudi Cup has been staged for the last two years at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh.

Wrestling

Fury has also appeared at an event in Saudi Arabia before. He made his World Wrestling Entertainment debut at the 'Crown Jewel' event in October 2019, where he beat Braun Strowman at the King Saud University Stadium.

It was the fourth of five WWE pay-per-view events held in the country to date.

Motorsport

The last two editions of the Dakar Rally were held in Saudi Arabia. Carlos Sainz, father of Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr, won 2020's car event, with two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso finishing 13th.

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