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Karateka Hammad top medal hope for Jordan at YOG

Date : 05 Oct 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 5, 2018: Having earned his place at the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games solely on merit, Jordan’s Abdallah Hammad is dreaming of a fairytale ending by winning a medal in the karate competition which gets underway on Sunday.

Hammad is the top medal hope for Jordan which is being represented by a 12-strong squad at the Youth Olympic Games. Jordan will also take part in athletics, 3-on-3 basketball, swimming and taekwondo.

Hammad, 16, who will take part in the men’s 61kg category, booked his ticket to Buenos Aires after winning the silver medal at the World Qualifier in the Croatian city of Umag in June.

The Jordanian lost to Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Al-Assiri in the final, but he fulfilled his objective by qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games. Prior to the world qualifier, Hammad made an important breakthrough in his fledgling career when he won the gold medal at the Asian Championships in Japan in May.

“Abdallah is a very prominent karateka. He is very intelligent on the tatami and he has a great fighting spirit,” said coach Mohamed Ibrahim Othman.

In a bid to hone his skills, Hammad arrived for a training camp in Santiago, Chile, where he has been practicing with the Chile national team ahead of the Youth Olympic Games.

“He needed a higher level of preparation, both physical and mental, and for that reason he has been training in other countries and competing with senior opponents,” explained Othman. Hammad had trained in Egypt prior to moving on to Chile.

The karate competition at YOG is divided into three classes for each gender and will bring together 46 athletes from 32 countries. Karate will make its Summer Olympics debut as a medal sport in 2020 Tokyo.

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