This is the sixth year since the beginning of the intervention of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.Many questions continue about what goal it has achieved. yet the Houthis still control the capital, Sanaa and the Yemeni legitimacy that aims to control and rule the country is still in Riyadh since mid-March 2015. In addition, the influence of the UAE and its militias is still the strongest, after the militias have deliberately hatched in many Yemeni regions, so the disastrous results of the continuing war affected all aspects of life Economic, political, sports and social alike.
What happens to sport to be paralyzed?
In fact, many factors did that. It will be summarized as follows:
First: The current conditions of the continuing war for the sixth year and the political polarization led to the absence of the sporting side in the midst of the exchange of accusations between the various political parties, so the continuation of political disputes between the Yemeni parties affectthe work of the Ministry of Youth And sports and on all sports clubs and gatherings in all Yemeni governorates, which was reflected in sport over Yemen.
sport has completely paralyzed for five consecutive years, except some activities such as a revitalizing league during the past year.
Challenges and repercussions
Second: The security challenges that male and female journalists face, inside Yemen due to the security and political situation. A number of journalists have been arrested under various pretexts, forcing a number of them to travel outside Yemen, and some of them died on their way to search for a safe and easy place to live in with dignity.
Third: The challenges that female journalists face on the social level. We have many customs and traditions that face female journalists in particular, from enrollment in education, universities and ending with journalistic participation and sports coverage, whether inside or outside Yemen.
Fourth: The economic challenges that male and female journalists face in Yemen. Yemen has been plagued by all its public sector since the fall of 2016 till this day under severe economic stress. During the last period, the United Nations statistics say that the bad economic situation of Yemen has shrunk by more than 50%. This situation has led in turn to an economic crisis that makes humanitarian situation more worse in Yemen. The complete cut of salaries for all government sectors has exacerbated the situation prompting many journalists, media professionals and those interested in the sports sector inside Yemen to search for decent living opportunities, and other jobs to secure for them and their families the basic necessities of life . Not to mention those who travel abroad in search of securing a stable source of living
The exorbitant sports bill
Fifth: The devastating effects of the war on Yemen. Today, Yemen “needs several years to restore what has been inflicted on sports over the past years, as a result of the massive destruction of the sports infrastructure and the suspension of various activities, according to statistics issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the control of the Houthis in the capital, Sana’a . The war in Yemen destroyed more than 88 sports facilities, between a sports stadium and headquarters, at an estimated cost of about 222 billion Yemeni riyals (about $ 888
Yemeni football and the loss compass
Sixth: The absence of planning, attention and care on the part of the concerned authorities, for example, the Yemeni Football Association is in a state of confusion and rampant administrative corruption by the aggression on Yemen. Many observers see that it is one of the most important reasons for the suffering of Yemeni football, and sports in general. Yemen is living in a bad reality even before the war. Observers of the state of sports in Yemen say that the mismanagement and the lack of a clear vision and strategies based on proper planning among those in charge of football who do not understand anything about sports and the ABCs of sports work, and therefore they are not interested in developing football Foot as much as they are concerned with prestige and making financial gains only.
Therefore, many sports fans hold the Yemeni Football Association, led by Ahmed Al-Issa, responsible for all the continuous failures of the national team, because the federation was and is still running its programs without well-studied scientific plans. Also, local sports critics believe that “the leadership of the Football Association is running its work randomly and erratically, has not benefited from the mistakes of the past, and is not taking serious steps in favor of developing Yemeni football. At a time when football today has become a study, science, thoughtful planning and diligence, well-studied training camps and technical equipment.” High efficiency The problem of Yemeni football is not with the coaches. The local, Arab, European and African coach has been tried and the losses have not disappeared. The problem of Yemeni football lies in the absence of management and the modest level of local competitions. There can be no strong team without a strong league.
According to observers and those who interested in local football, it is difficult to enumerate the problems and causes of the multiple weakness of Yemeni football, which are divided administratively, technically, financially, and others. the leadership of association take the main part of that bad situation for sport in Yemen. To stop that, we need to train and qualify them through appropriate training camps, with the importance of holding competitions for the race.
The results of the Yemeni national teams in the recent Asian qualifiers drew rosy dreams in the imagination of the Yemeni football fans for a bright and close tomorrow, especially after the youth and young teams qualified for the finals while the first team is still struggling to catch up with them in the double qualifiers for the 2022 and Asia 2023 World Cups.
The Yemeni national team bid farewell to the last edition of the Gulf championship hosted by Qatar during the period from November 26 to December 8 last, from its first round that it ended at the bottom of the first group with a weak point of two defeats and tied against the Emirates, Qatar and Iraq, respectively, which disappointed the Yemeni fans who love sports. In total, the Yemeni national team participated in the Gulf Cup 9 times, which began in the 16th edition in Kuwait in 2003, during which it fought 30 matches, failing to achieve even one victory in any of them, while it lost in 24 matches against 6 draws.
Hope for making a new reality
Many hopes are placed on the establishment of new sporting entities and bodies, which will restore Yemeni sport to its lost glory, similar to the Yemeni Association for Sports Media (YASM), which was founded by the journalist / Basheer Sinan, and formed branches and committees In most of the Yemeni governorates, a new hope is shining in the light to create a new, different reality.
The association, since its foundation, is moving steadily and solidly, as it has formed a new ray of hope for Yemeni journalists and athletes, by establishing training programs for journalists and accommodating a number of them in internal and external participations, in addition to its keenness on Yemeni journalists to address their rights like other journalists around the world, the last of these The glad tidings are what the association announced with the arrival of more than 128 membership in the International Federation of Sports Press, as a great record for the first time in the history of Yemeni sports media.
The Yemeni athlete who follows sports in Yemen continues to wonder about such reasons? Which affected Yemeni sports and what is being hatched behind the scenes, while many questions arise? Where is the real problem? And why has Yemeni sport not yet seen the light, despite its long and ancient history???