While loved ones are trying to come to grips with the fact of the passing of two inspirational figures, in an incident that sent shockwaves through society, Jumana’s colleagues and basketball community are adamant to continue to celebrate her on and off court achievements.Riyadi-Aramex Club announced this week that they will hold an annual Jumana Salti Tournament.10 during warm-up, to remember a teammate we lost too soon.”Tala Fakhoury, a Riyadi player recollects meeting Jumana while training for the national U-18 team.“She dropped in to one of our sessions and as a young girl, meeting Jumana was transformative.“Teammates, national team players and colleagues all want to celebrate a great friend and player.We intend to make it an annual gathering,” Riyadi Secretary-General Fadi Sabbah, Jumana’s coach in the mid-90s told The Jordan Times. Make sure to follow IMDb on Facebook and send your questions here.Jumana Salti, Jordan’s all-time woman basketball player, was found dead alongside sister Soraya on November 6.
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Describing her legacy at the club, Sabbah said: “Jumana inspired young players, even those who never played alongside her.
They merely watched her play with the seniors and her dedication and attitude made them want to do the same.”Her club also announced it will retire Jumana’s No. Sabbah added, “this season, Riyadi’s players will all wear No.
She was living proof that Arab women can excel in sports and we can be accomplished not only nationally, but internationally.” Underlining she was the best female basketball player in the history of Jordan, Sabbah noted Jumana led her team in rebounding and points in all matches and was the only player to start every game that she played.
“She worked harder than anybody else and had the biggest smile and most positive attitude that contributed to her success at the highest levels with the national team and US NCAA Basketball,” he added.