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The Politics of Middle East Sports: A Conversation with Karim Zidan

  James M. Dorsey with Karim Zidan The Turbulent World with James M. Dorsey depends on the support of its readers. If you believe that the column and podcast add value to your understanding and that of the broader public, please consider becoming a paid subscriber by clicking on the subscription button at and choosing one of the subscription options. Thank you. Below is a transcript of the podcast. A Transcript is also available at The Turbulent World with James M. Dorsey To watch a video version of this story on YouTube please click  here. A podcast version is available on Soundcloud . Gulf States like Saudi Arabia and Qatar dominate sports headlines, particularly when it comes to football and golf. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's sports ambitions seem to know no limits. He's paying unprecedented sums of money to hire many of the world's top players, like Christiano Ronaldo and Neymar, in a bid to turn the Saudi Pro Le