The Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday that Turki al-Sheikh, chairman of the Saudi General Sport Authority, had inked a deal with Vince McMahon, head of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Inc., to hold a series of highly-popular wrestling competitions in the kingdom over the next 10 years.
According to the agreement, the events will feature a number of internationally recognized wrestlers and celebrities.
The deal was signed only days after the sport authority organized Saudi Arabia’s first-ever men’s marathon, in which about 28,000 runners -- including both Saudi citizens and foreign residents -- took part.
In May, the Saudi city of Jeddah is set to host the World Boxing Super Series, a major boxing competition.
The Saudi authorities have recently abandoned several longstanding social restrictions, including bans on public cinemas and prohibiting women from driving.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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