Black Iris Media Awards

Black Iris Sports Awards

Jordan's version of the sports Oscars – the Black Iris Sports Awards – are held every year when the Kingdom's sporting family gathers to honour the top performers from the previous 12 months.

Since its creation by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, JOC President, in 2005, the awards have grown in both reputation and stature and are now the most sought after trophies for Jordan’s sporting elite.

The awards have evolved over the years to its current format where five are presented for the categories of Best Sportsman, Best Sportswoman, Best Young Achiever (Male), Best Young Achiever (Female) and Best Paralympic Athlete.

The selection process has also been tweaked to ensure that the voting system is fair and open and engages with Jordanians up and down the country.

The National Federations nominate three of their own athletes for consideration, before a specialist committee is then convened comprising of top sports media representatives and officials from the JOC. They debate over a shortlist which is then put out to the general public’s vote through as well as the organisation’s social media channels.

The rate of engagement is staggering with hundreds of thousands of Jordanians participating in the process before the winners are revealed during a gala night celebrating the very best of Jordanian sport.

The awards were put on hold in 2009 and 2010 due to regional tensions, but returned in style in 2011 and have continued to grow in popularity ever since.


Black Iris Sports Awards Introduction and Voting Criteria

The Black Iris Sports Awards were created in 2005 by the Jordan Olympic Committee to promote and recognise sporting excellence.

The awards are presented each year at a Royal gala dinner to winners who are selected through a process that engages with both the media and the public.

Over the past 10 years, the awards have become the most prestigious in sport and previous winners have included some of our finest ever sportsmen and women.

The event also brings the sporting community together like no other and has succeeded in engaging with the mass public through hundreds of thousands of social media interactions.

There is also substantial media coverage with television, radio, print and web sites all covering the voting and the build up to the event for around a month solid. The winners are revealed at a Royal gala dinner attended by the sporting community and media.


Federations are invited to submit candidates they feel match the criteria outlined by the Jordan Olympic Committee (available on request).

A specialist committee comprising of media representatives and JOC officials convene to deliver a shortlist of up to five athletes for each of the five categories.

Public Voting

The winners are determined through two voting channels:

- The shortlists are posted on social media, offering the public the chance to have their say on who should win. This is done through a photo album of each shortlist being posted on the JOC Facebook page with fans simply asked to ‘like’ their favourite. Each category voting lasts for three days.

- In parallel to the social media vote, fans can also vote through the JOC app and

-The winner is determined through a points system equally divided through both voting options.

-For example, if an athlete gets the most likes on Facebook they receive 50 points, and then are   third online then they get a further 30 points, giving them a total of 80 points. If an athlete finishes fourth on Facebook (20 points) and second online (40 points) they receive 60 points total.

-If there is a tie after the public vote, there will be a voting 'shoot-out' for 24 hours on the official JOC web site

-If there is still a tie after the 24-hour voting 'shoot-out', then the award will be shared.

-Points for each category are broken down to 1st: 50; 2nd: 40; 3rd: 30; 4th: 20: 5th: 10.

- The winners will remain a guarded secret until the official Gala dinner.

Black Iris Sports Awards Roll of Honour

Sportsman of the Year

2005: Khaled Sa'ad (Football)

2006: Mohammed Al Bakhit (taekwondo)

2007: Khalil Hanahneh (Athletics)

2008: Hussam Sulaiman (Taekwondo)

2009: No awards held

2010: No awards held

2011: Mohammed Abu Libdeh (Taekwondo)

2012: Ahmad Abu Ghoush (Taekwondo)

2013: Mus’ab Allaham (Football)

2014: AbdulRahman Al Masatfah (Karate)

2015: Malik Al Hariri (Jiujitsu)

Sportswoman of the Year

2005: Reema Fareed (Long Jump)

2006: Ala'a Kutkut (taekwondo)

2007: Nadeen Dowani (Taekwondo)

2008: Bra'a Marwan (Athletics)

2009: No awards held

2010: No awards held

2011: Samah Khalid (Cycling) 

2012: Reham Abu Ghazaleh (Karate)

2013: Rula Khalid (Weightlifting)

2014: Rana Qubbaj (JiuJitsu)

2015: Lama Qubbaj (Jiujitsu)

Young Achiever of the Year (Male)

2005: Mariam Hattamleh (Swimming)

2006: Abdullah Dib (football)

2007: Dana Haidar (Taekwondo)

2008: Malek Shalabeh (Football)

2009: No awards held

2010: No awards held

2011: No category

2012: No category

2013: Tariq Khattab – Male (Football),

2014: Obadah AlKesbeh – Male (Boxing),

2015: Khader Baqleh (Swimming)

Young Achiever of the Year (Female)

2013: Reham Abu Ghazaleh (Karate)

2014: Eman Al Adayleh (Taekwondo)

2015: Taleen Al Humaidi (Taekwondo)

Paralympic Athlete of the Year

2006: Khitam Aw'ad (Table Tennis)

2007: Khitam Awad (Table Tennis)

2008: Khitam Awad (Table Tennis)

2009: No awards held

2010: No awards held

2011: Mu'taz AlJunaidi (Weightlifting)

2012: Suhail Al Nashash (Marathon)

2013: Ali Al Sawalmeh (Marathon)

2014: Mu'taz AlJunaidi (Weightlifting) 

2015: Khitam Aw'ad (Table Tennis)