Jordan eager for combat sports glory

5 May 2017

Jordan head to Azerbaijan for the Islamic Solidarity Games (May 12-22) with high hopes and will focus on winning gold in the combat sports.
The 81-strong Jordanian team will compete in 12 sports, including handball (men), boxing, taekwondo, karate, wushu, wrestling, 3x3 basketball, judo, shooting and tennis.

But with names such as Hamza Qattan (taekwondo), Mutasim Abu Zeid (taekwondo), Ibrahim Khalaf (judo), Hussein Ashish (boxing), Bashar al-Najjar (karate) or Huda Jabr (karate), the Kingdom's best hopes of medals are likely to come from the fighting events.

Wushu, considered one of the most difficult martial arts in the world, could also bring glory to coach Wael Yahia's men with Ammar Al Shami (48kg), Hamza Yahya (56kg), Hassanein (65kg) and Al Qaisi (70kg).

"Our athletes are committed to training and are redoubling their efforts. We are currently focusing on improving their stamina and strength", explained coach Yahia. "We are looking to get the best results possible in Azerbaijan."

The 3x3 basketball squad is also getting ready for Baku, where they will face strong opposition after being drawn in a group with Indonesia, Qatar, Ivory Coast and Mali.

"Training started two months ago", said coach Naeem Abu Saa. "Morale is very high, especially since the players are trying to get ready on time. They will do everything to get there."

"Participating in the Solidarity Games will help us gain experience thanks to facing strong teams", he added.

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