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International championship kicks off Thursday

The event seeks to help athletes prepare for the Olympic qualifiers

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In this file photo, athletes can be seen sparring during the 2019 Amman Asian Taekwondo Championships. (Photo: Jordan Olympic Committee)
AMMAN — Jordan will on Thursday host a one-day friendly Takewondo championship to aid attending athletes prepare for the Asian qualifiers, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. اضافة اعلان

“The friendly championship will begin and end on Thursday, and will feature various players from our national team, in addition to athletes from Russia, the Tunisian Olympic team, a player from Morocco and two from Georgia,” Jordan Taekwondo Federation Secretary and Spokesperson Feisal Al-Abdallat, told Jordan News

The tournament will be held in a closed hall in one of Amman’s hotels.

“Taekwondo is a combat sport and requires (direct) contact to boost the level of players and keep them ready. Another championship will be organized next week and may see turnout from new players,” Al-Abdallat explained, noting that two Brazilian players could not attend this week’s tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

Jordanian referees accredited by the International Taekwondo Federation will preside over the matches digitally, Al-Abdallat said, adding that it will feature “real competition”.

A qualification match is scheduled to be held between Bana Dharaghmeh and Natalie Al-Hmeidi on April 10 at the under 57kg weight group, after which the winner will be nominated for the Olympic qualifiers.

The national team is gearing to take part in the Asian Olympic qualifiers, which are set to be held in the Kingdom between May 21 and May 23. The tournament will host 120 players competing across eight accredited Olympic weight groups, distributed equally among the two genders; after which, the 16 players who earn first and second places in each weight group will qualify for the Olympics.