Rana Nazmi Al-Saeed has been appointed as Jordan Olympic Committee secretary general ©JOC

The Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) has appointed Rana Nazmi Al-Saeed as its new secretary general.

Al-Saeed was confirmed in the role by JOC President Prince Feisal Al Hussein, also a member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board.

She previously held the role of director of sports federations affairs at the JOC, supervising numerous projects with local governing bodies, as well as regional and international organisations.

Other roles include Chef de Mission at the 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia and deputy Chef de Mission at the 2006 and 2014 Asian Games.

She is a Jordan Wrestling Foundation Board member and sits on the Olympic Council of Asia's Information and Statistics Committee. 

In 2010, she completed a master's degree in sport management from Poitiers University in France.

"I am deeply honoured by the trust and support shown by His Royal Highness with this prestigious appointment," said Al-Saeed. 

"I have been totally committed to the long-term development of sport in Jordan for many years and I feel that I have now reached the ultimate position to effect positive change in Jordanian society. 

"With the Paris 2024 Games fast approaching, there is no time to lose to ensure that Jordan continues to exceed expectations for a small but ambitious sporting nation."

The new appointment comes after Nasser Majali served as JOC secretary general for six years, overseeing the country's first Olympic medals in its history.

This included a maiden gold for taekwondo's Ahmad Abughaush at Rio 2016.

Nasser Majali is leaving his role at the Jordan Olympic Committee after six years ©JOC
Nasser Majali is leaving his role at the Jordan Olympic Committee after six years ©JOC

Majali said he was hoping for a "new beginning" and "different experience" although he will remain as secretary general of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation, a role he was appointed to in January.

"During the past six years, I had the opportunity to get to know more about Jordanian sports closely and to be close to all the efforts made by the entire system in order to achieve success and sports excellence, as I lived moments of victory and joy for our heroes and heroines and felt that great pride that the heroes feel the moment the Jordanian flag was raised and the royal anthem was played in major tournaments and major sports forums," Majali said.

"I also extend my sincere wishes for success to Mrs. Rana Al-Saeed in her new assignment as secretary general of the Jordan Olympic Committee and I am confident that she will make all efforts to continue the development of Jordanian sports." 

Prince Feisal, the brother of Jordan's King Abdullah II, welcomed the new appointment.

"This is great news for sport in Jordan," he said.

"Rana is an outstanding sports administrator and will help ensure sport plays a major role in the positive development of Jordanian society, whilst also delivering athletic excellence at international level.

"The JOC has come a long way since Nasser joined us. 

"I thank him for his energy, passion and commitment during that time. 

"I am sure he will continue to proudly fly the flag of Jordanian sport, and we wish him and his family well in all their future endeavours."