Hosts Jordan in the fray for Olympic berths at Asian Taekwondo Qualification Tournament

© Jordan NOC/Facebook
© Jordan NOC/Facebook

Amman, Jordan, May 19, 2021: The Jordan Olympic Committee is hoping for more Olympic places at Tokyo 2020 when the national taekwondo team takes part in the Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament to be held in the capital Amman from May 21-23.

“All the best wishes for the heroes of the national taekwondo team, Juliana Al-Sadiq, Saleh Al-Sharbati, Zaid Halwani and Natali Al-Hamidi, in the Olympic qualification, which begins Friday in Jordan, in order to snatch the qualification cards for Tokyo Olympics,” the JOC posted on its Facebook page.

A total of 110 athletes will be taking part in the Asian Olympic and Paralympic qualification competitions, with 84 athletes from 28 countries in contention for Olympic berths and 26 athletes from 12 countries taking part in the Paralympic qualifiers.

Jordan Taekwondo Federation Secretary Faisal Abdullat said all arrangements had been completed to host the tournament. The event will be held under strict preventive measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic with participants not being allowed to leave their hotels until the end of the tournament.

Jordan’s only gold medal in the Olympic Games came in taekwondo at Rio 2016 from Ahmad Abughaush in the men's 68kg category.