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Water sports pioneer Simon Khoury dies at 92

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Water sport pioneer Simon Khoury. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Simon Khoury, a sports enthusiast famous for his expertise in water sports, died in Lebanon Saturday, Khaberni reported. He was 92.

The Lebanese-born Khoury was a pioneer in the marine sports movement in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, and an advocate of water sports since the 1960s. His contributions led to the revitalization of the tourist movement in Aqaba, through a number of hotel investments, tourist facilities, and marine parks.اضافة اعلان

One of the world’s outstanding slalom skiers, winning four silver and one bronze medal in that event while representing Lebanon in the World Championships from 1953 to 1963, Simon has since introduced and organized water skiing in the Middle East.

As President of the Royal Jordanian Water Ski Federation for the past twenty-seven years, he has promoted 28 international water ski festivals and three European championships.

He was active in the Disabled Council and hosted a European Championships for the Disabled in Jordan.

Simon was also one of the world’s foremost show skiers, acting as show director for Cypress Gardens and skiing there in over 6,000 shows.

He is survived by his wife and four children, including three daughters and a son, called Habib Khoury.


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