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Zeina Hamarsha: First Jordanian to complete FIFA master’s degree

Twenty-six-year-old Zeina Hamarsha has recently become the first Jordanian to graduate with a FIFA master’s degree in humanities, rights, marketing, and economic management of matches and organization
Twenty-six-year-old Zeina Hamarsha has recently become the first Jordanian to graduate with a FIFA master’s degree in humanities, rights, marketing, and economic management of matches and organizations. (Photo: Unsplash)
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AMMAN — Twenty-six-year-old Zeina Hamarsha has recently become the first Jordanian to graduate with a FIFA master’s degree in humanities, rights, marketing, and economic management of matches and organizations.اضافة اعلان

Throughout her sports career, Hamarsha served as the director of Jordan’s women national basketball team and an assistant director of the West Asian Basketball Championship. She organized several tournaments, including the Housing Bank League and the King Abdullah Tournament, and ran a workshop on basketball match photography.

She also served as the liaison officer for the 2016 FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup and the stadium manager for the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup, before joining the Olympic Committee during the boxing qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Hamarsha told Jordan News that, to her, “Nothing is impossible, and although we have weak capabilities compared to other countries, still we have trust in local competencies, and I will dedicate all the skills and experience that I have gained to improve the local sports system."

Comparing herself to her family members, most of whom work in Jordan’s medical field, she said, “My family is not into sports, but the surrounding environment makes sports a priority to me. It is my passion, and I cannot give it up.”

She also pointed to some of the challenges she encountered as she pursued her passion for sports: “My young age posed a problem when all workers in the sports field were older than me, especially since I worked in senior administrative positions. Yet I kept going because sport is life to me.” According to Hamarsha, her family members gave her their full emotional and financial support.

“Another significant challenge I faced was when some of the guys I worked with could not stand the fact that a female was their senior,” she said. “But they finally got along with the idea, which is considered peculiar in our patriarchal society.”

In a message to young, aspiring female athletes, Hamarsha stated that “nothing is impossible,” and that “A female who thinks lowly of herself … must believe in (her own) potential in order to achieve (her) goals."

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