Samer Kamal

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Samer Kamal is a Jordanian athlete. He won the bronze medal in Taekwondo (a form of martial arts) in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He was the first Jordanian athlete to get a medal for Jordan in the Olympics in Seoul. This gave many Jordanians pride in this achievement durings the 1980s.

Samer Kamal is a 8th Dan Black Belt in karate, an international referee and an international trainer. He was given the Independence Badge of Honor (4th Degree) by His Majesty the late King Hussein Ben Talal in 1988 and was chosen seventh best Jordanian athlete for the century in 1999.

Education[change | change source]

Samer pursued his undergraduate higher education in Business Administration and Philosophy from the University of Jordan. He then received a graduate degree in Management Science from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Professional career[change | change source]

Samer began his sports career as a marketing manager at a Jordanian based sports marketing company. He took the experience he gained there to Qatar where he became a general manager. He was responsible for the starting a sports marketing company with the purpose of promoting Qatari football. Soon after, Samer decided to start his own sports marketing company “SportUpJordan” to promote local athletes. Within a year, he was able to get sponsors for champion Jordanian athletes. He started the largest and only bilingual online sports business. He made an attractive product that was acquired by Maktoob Inc., an Arabic internet service provider.

His sports experience let him expand internationally. Samer was named the director of business development at Right To Play in Canada, that uses sport programs to help children who live in poverty to play sports and games. He helped raise funds and get this started.

Community activities[change | change source]

Other than at work, Samer is active in many sports communities. In 2009, he was named an executive board member of the World Olympians Association (WOA). In November 2011, Samer become president of Oceana Olympians Association of Asia.

Championship competitions[change | change source]

Samer Kamal competed in the following International Taekwondo Championships:

Event Location Year Medal
Asian Taekwondo Championships Singapore 1982  
World Taekwondo Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 1983  
Asian Taekwondo Championships Manila, Philippines 1984  
Asian Championships Australia 1986 Bronze Medalist
World Cup Championships Colorado, USA 1986  
Asian Games Seoul, Korea 1986 Silver Medalist
World University Championships USA 1986 Silver Medalist
Belgium International Championships Belgium 1987 Bronze Medalist
Belgium International Championships Belgium 1988  
Olympic Games Seoul, Korea 1988 Bronze Medalist
Luxembourg International Championships Luxembourg 1988 Gold Medalist
Belgium International Championships Belgium 1989  
World Games Germany 1989  
World Championships Seoul, Korea 1989