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Royal Jordanian Airlines signs partnership with Jordanian Basketball Federation

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Mohamed Alayyan and Majali introduced Natasha Cloud to the Jordainian Basketball Federation
AMMAN — The Jordanian Basketball Federation President Mohamed Alayyan announced that he recently signed a partnership agreement with Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) for one year, and assigned the naturalized player, Natasha Cloud, to represent the Women's national team, Falcons, during stage two of the FIBA Asia Cup finals. اضافة اعلان

Jordan will host the finals on November 7 – 13, at Prince Hamza Hall, in Sports City.

According to Al-Ghad News, in a press conference, Alayyan welcomed RJ as a new partner of Jordanian Basketball.

The press conference was attended by the RJ's CEO Samer Majali, the Jordan Basketball Federation Secretary Nabil Abu Ata, the president of the Women's Committee in the Basketball Federation Dina Halaseh, and the coach of the women's basketball team Faisal Nsour. 

Alayyan added: "Today, we thank Samar Majali for supporting the march of young women and athletes."

He also stressed that the federation and RJ would continue their efforts to renew this agreement for additional years. 

For his part, Majali applauded the federation's step to allow RJ to support all national teams. 

"This agreement is a great honor to Royal Jordanian, which has been established for 57 years. We would love to celebrate Jordan's centenary by making our national teams' trips all over the world easier," Majali said. 

He added that: "Our national teams play a major role in spreading Jordan's civilized, social, and sports goals around the globe. This agreement is a new project for us after the recovery from COVID-19 repercussions. The sponsorship stems from our sense of national duty, and  we wish the falcons the best of luck."

According to Majali, RJ will launch programs with competitive prices to encourage and allow those wishing to support the national team abroad to do so with ease. 

Alayyan presented the national team's jersey No.9 to Cloud — who was recently granted Jordanian citizenship— expressing his admiration of Cloud's presence among the women's Falcons team and her ability to provide the needed addition and lead the team to the forefront.

Alayyan shared that the stage one ceremony of the Asia Cup was highly applauded and that the upcoming ceremony before the Falcon team's match with Indonesia will also have some surprises.

He also indicated that Jordan T.V would broadcast the Asia Cup Championship after obtaining broadcasting rights. 

For his turn, Abu Ata called on all media outlets to show their support and appreciation for the national team and its players. 

He said: "Today, we must respect the sacrifices that every woman player makes to ensure that she is with the Falcons. We must not forget that some of the players are mothers, and we recognize that the continuity of the women's team is one of the pillars of basketball."

He added: "Whatever the results, we must be proud of the players who we are sure will fight to win, and we have to support them from the ground of the sports hall."

For his part, Faisal Nsour commended the value that Cloud will provide for the team, given her defense and attack abilities. However, he also discussed the importance of preparing the players physically and mentally to deal with the audience's expectations. 

The playmaker Cloud is 29 and played in the American College Basketball league from 2010 to 2014. She won the 2013 A10 championship and was awarded Best University League Defender. She has also previously played in several international leagues. 

Cloud currently also plays with the Washington Mystics and helped them win the championship title in 2019. 

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