1999 News Story

Late Prince Faisal honored in worlds of sports and charity

Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, who died recently at the age of 54, is being honored

in a number of ways. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz has

announced that scholarships will be awarded in his name for outstanding students at the

King Abdul Aziz and His Men Foundation for the Gifted. Late Prince Faisal was known for his

nobility and boldness, and for assisting those in need throughout the world.

In addition, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Disabled Children's Association

Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz announced that all buildings and halls belonging to

the society, in Al-Jouf, Jeddah, Makkah, and Madinah as well as Riyadh, will be named after

the late Prince Faisal, who made uncounted efforts on behalf of the disabled, some of them

known, but many others not. He adding that he considered Prince Faisal as one of the

greatest supporters of humanitarian and welfare activities not only in the Kingdom but also

in Arab and Islamic countries. In addition to direct personal donations amounting to almost

U.S. $ 3 million, the late Prince Faisal allocated a share of the proceeds from sporting

events for the assistance of the disabled. He had also drawn the attention of a large

section of the people to their sufferings, and opened various financial channels to support

the association. In addition, there will be a charitable program next year in his name.
Meanwhile, the Arab Football Federation has announced a new under-19 junior soccer

tournament, effective in 2000, to be named after Prince Faisal in recognition of his great

role in promoting Arab sports.
Moreover, at the drawing of lots in Cairo last Saturday for the Fifteenth Arab Soccer

League Prince Faisal Tournament, Secretary-General of the Arab Football Federation Othman

Al-Saad, who was a colleague of Prince Faisal's at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare

for 28 years, commented that the late Prince Faisal's gracious and kind interest covered a

wide range of fields, in sports, youth, and culture, and extended to concern for the

disabled and the blind, and to efforts to combat drugs at Arab and Islamic levels.  He

stated that the late Prince Faisal's deeds were always dynamic and effective, and reflected

his good reputation.  He referred to the late Prince Faisal as an "unprecedented

personality", and "always a pioneer in putting strategies for realizing any goal". He went

on to quote Deputy President of Youth Welfare Prince Sultan Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz as

saying recently that "the torch left by Prince Faisal Bin Fahd should remain glittering and

brightly lit forever".  He recalled the suggestion made by the late Prince Faisal for the

establishment of a U.S. $25 million fund under the auspices of the Council of Arab

Ministers of Youth and Sports, to give assistance to Arab countries who lack sports