The kingdom has become an aggressive strategic investor in sports events, hosting Formula One motor racing, boxing events, purchasing European football clubs and promoting wrestling.
When life left the overly worked body of Australia's Shane Warne, who expired in Thailand at 52, the reaction was global. In India and Pakistan, hundreds of millions mourned.
So it is not only that Barty has been number one in women's singles in the world for nearly two years, she now has a trifecta of Grand Slam victories to her name too.
Djokovic was always unwilling to reveal his vaccination status. His response to the pandemic has also been patchy, even cavalier.
According to Morrison they were following the foundations built by greats like Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Alicia Molik and Casey Dellacqua.
'[S]tanding up for human rights is in the DNA of Americans'. Sporting personnel, however, would still be competing, suggesting that the spirals of such DNA might be wonky.
Nowhere is the racism in sport issue better understood than in the US given that the African American population has been around 10-12 per cent since 1890.
Colin Tatz, then an ANU Visiting Professor in Politics and International Relations, argued in 2017 that Australia only excels at a few sports with little international competition.
Australia's Channel 7 team was all about ignoring history as its selected commentators went into describing, poorly, the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
At face value in terms of medals won, Australia's performance in athletics pales in comparison to other Olympic Games (OG) sports.
Such credits do nothing to remove existing emissions in the way that soil carbon sequestration or direct air capture does, giving an accountant's version of carbon neutrality.
The Olympic business model means that host cities invariably lose out. Brisbane will need a heroic effort to avoid that fate.