The first-ever Saudi Games medal event is due to be held tomorrow ©Saudi Games

The inaugural Saudi Games are set to stage its first medal events tomorrow, as the Opening Ceremony draws nearer in Riyadh.

Scheduling meant the men's basketball has been ongoing since October 21, leaving the final to be held a day prior to the formal opening of the Games.

Ohod and Al-Ittihad have progressed to the final following 89-73 and 63-55 victories over Al-Fateh and Al-Wehda respectively in the semi-finals.

Futsal has also got underway with matches being held yesterday and today.

Other medal events to be staged tomorrow include camel racing, judo and weightlifting.

Sports to feature on the programme include archery, athletes, baloot, 3x3 basketball, judo, karting, golf, sport climbing, padel, and tennis.

A total of 45 sports - five of which are Paralympic - are due to be staged with more than 6,000 national athletes and 2,000 technical and administrative supervisors representing their local clubs with luxurious prizes on offer. 

Clubs that finish first are due to receive SAR1 million (£232,000/$267,000/€266,000), with SAR350,000 (£81,000/$93,000/€93,000) for second place and SAR100,000 (£23,000/$27,000/€27,000) for third.

The total prize fund is worth more than $50 million (£44 million/€51 million).

A total of 200 clubs are expected to be represented while athletes competing under the flag of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee are anticipated to be put together in one category.

The number of athletes and size of of the prize pot makes it one of the largest sporting events to be held in the Arab world.

Saudi Arabia has long waited to hold its Olympic-style Games with it being postponed since March 2020.

The Opening Ceremony is due to held on Friday (October 28) with events running until November 7.

It has been organised as a part of the country's Vision 2030 aim to raise the level of sport across the nation and to showcase its ability to stage large sporting events.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's Sports Minister and the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee President, revealed that hosting the Olympic Games is the country's "ultimate goal".

It has also shown interest in holding the FIFA World Cup in 2030 with talks being staged with Egypt and Greece about a possible joint bid.

International sporting events that Saudi Arabia have so far hosted include Formula 1, world heavyweight boxing bouts, mixed martial arts, major football matches as well as becoming a major player in esports, which is also on the Saudi Games sporting programme.

Riyadh is due to host next year's World Combat Games, the 2025 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the 2034 Asian Games.

The country has also bid for football's 2027 Asian Cup and 2026 Women's Asian Cup.

Saudi recently won the rights to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games at Trojena, a ski resort yet to be built.

Other large-scale sporting investments include Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund - the Public Investment Fund - leading the rebel golf tour LIV Golf and purchasing English Premier League side Newcastle United.

Critics alleged that the country, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, is sportswashing.

The alleged state-ordered assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's role in the bombings in Yemen, harsh restrictions on women's rights and freedom of speech, and its use of the death penalty are among the examples of human rights abuses.

Homosexuality is also illegal in the country.