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Jordan ready for Olympic qualifiers

Juliana Sadeq
Jordan’s Juliana Al-Sadeq. (Photo: Jordan Olympic Committee)
AMMAN — Jordan’s national taekwondo team is still in the process of preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Asian qualifiers, which are set to begin on May 21 in Amman.اضافة اعلان

Some 120 players from across 26 nations will be present at the qualifiers come the end of this week.

Delegations have already started flocking to the capital, as players from Kazakhstan, Philippines, the UAE, Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have already marked their arrival.

“We are ready for the qualifiers.  Committees are fulfilling their complete obligations ahead of hosting the ideal event, in line with the international federation and Jordanian epidemiological committee’s instructions, Jordan Taekwondo Federation Spokesman Faisal Al-Abdallat told Jordan News.

A total of 36 international referees from outside the Asian continent will preside over the qualifiers. Twenty-four of those will preside over the Olympic qualifiers, while 12 will preside over the Paralympic qualifiers.

Athletes will compete in eight Olympic weight groups, with players from both genders distributed equally.

“I have noticed that a lot of countries have avoided (nominating players) in the same weight groups as Jordan’s Saleh Al-Sharabati and Juliana Al-Sadeq, given their advanced levels and international reputations, which plays in our favor,” national team coach, Fares Al-Assaf, told Jordan News.

He continued: “Competing in the qualifiers will not be easy, given the skill-level of the participating athletes, but our players are in high spirits and their performances will allow them to compete strongly for qualification cards to the finals.”

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