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The referees representing Jordan at the Tokyo Olympics

Mohammad Bakkar (left), Adham Makhadmeh (center), and Ahmad Al-Rweli (right). The three are officiating football matches at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Handout from the Jordan Olympics Committee)
Mohammad Bakkar (left), Adham Makhadmeh (center), and Ahmad Al-Rweli (right). The three are officiating football matches at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Handout from the Jordan Olympics Committee)
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AMMAN — While Jordanians are watching the athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, they might not have noticed the Jordanian referees and officials performing alongside Jordan’s 14 athletes.اضافة اعلان

Jordanian referees blew the first whistle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics men`s football competitions, in the opening match between Egypt and Spain.



Azzam Al-Zubi head of the Paralympics Power Lifting Federation and referee at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Jordan News)

Adham Makhadmeh, the only head Arab referee on the field at the football competitions, was assisted by off-the-field referees Mohammad Bakkar and Ahmad Al-Rweli.

Ayad Mghairah, who was elected as the chairman of the referees committee in the Arab Fencing Federation, represented Jordanian referees at fencing competitions.

Jordan's international badminton referee, Basil Al-Nubani, refereed the badminton competitions at the Tokyo Olympics; Nubani, an ex-badminton national player, is the only Arab referee officiating the sport at the Games.

Adam Amawi, who was nominated as the second best referee at the World Taekwondo Championships 2019 in the Russian, is officiating the Olympic Games tournament.

Azzam Al-Zubi head of the Paralympics Power Lifting Federation has not missed an Olympics as a referee since 1992 in Barcelona. He officiated in 1996 in Atlanta, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics, and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Finally, Taha Mahjoub, a public spokesman of the Jordanian Boxing federation and general supervisor of the 2019 Asian Boxing Championships held in Bangkok, has officiated the men`s boxing competitions in Tokyo, alongside Nabeel Abd Al-Kareem.

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