Abughaush announces return

Ahmad Abughaush wins gold during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. (Photo: International Olympic Committee)
Ahmad Abughaush wins gold during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. (Photo: International Olympic Committee)
Olympic Taekwondo champion Ahmad Abughaush, winner of Jordan’s first Olympic gold media at the 2016 Rio Olympics has recently published a video via his private social media accounts to address recent events that pushed him to retirement.اضافة اعلان

In the video, Abughaush gave a timeline of the events, including undergoing knee surgery and being sent to jail in July 2020 for over 80 days before the passing of his father two weeks thereafter. 

The Olympian concluded the video with the words: “I will rise again and again.”

Abughaush, had been detained in relation to a criminal case regarding identification papers and was subsequently arrested according to an official statement issued by the Public Security Directorate

He later announced his retirement from Taekwondo in a statement he posted on his official Facebook page from behind bars. 

Abughaush later tweeted “I will be coming back soon”, a positive message that was well received by fans. 

Shortly after announcing his return, Abughaush resumed technical training and physical therapy.

Abughaush has also requested to be transferred to a new weight class, under 80kg, to rank 35th in the world with a score of 116.50 points according to the latest classification issued by the International Taekwondo Federation

Previously,Abughaush had ranked second worldwide in the under 68kg weightclass in 2016 prior to relapsing after his knee injury.

Abughaush missed the national Olympic taekwondo team finals, held last February at the Princess Sumaya Hall in Al-Hussein Youth City, which precede the selection of two male and two female finalists to represent Jordan in the Asian Olympics qualifiers that Jordan will host from May 14 to May 16.

The Olympic champion maintains the right to participate in open world championships approved by the International Taekwondo Federation based on his ranking as eighth internationally in the under 74kg weight class.

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