Jordan’s medal count at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is set for a kickboxing boost, after four fighters qualified through to the semi-finals. Odai Abu Hassweh (67kg), Ibrahim Juma (57kg), Hamzeh Abu Ghazaleh (51kg) and Mohammad Salameh (81kg) all guaranteed at least bronze medals following a glorious day for Team Jordan in the Turkmenistan capital of Ashgabat.
Meanwhile, Yousef Al Qawasmeh qualified to quarter-final of 79kg weight but there was no such luck for Omar Abu Al Rub, Maen Al Btush, Muhanad Afaneh and Muhanad Hussein who all lost.
AL MAJALI THROUGH TO LAST 16 Muath Al Majali qualified to the last 16 of the Snooker singles after beating South Korea’s Young Kim 4-0.He will meet Hetit Ku from Myanmar on Monday.
WRESTLING LAUNCH THEIR CAMPAIGN IN ASHGABAT
Wrestler Mohammad Al Asbahi is out of the -74kg competition after losing to Kazakhstan’s Zeger Zakierove in the quarterfinal of the Free Wrestling competition, despite earlier beating Micronesia’s Rayan Afamlik. Jordan has sent five Wrestlers with Ahmad Dahshan, Sultan Eid, Hamzeh Mohammad and Yazan Oeid still to compete.
CHESS CHECK OUT OF ‘STANDARD’ COMPETITION
The Chess players are out of the singles competition following Sunday action. In the men’s, Ahmad Al Khateeb finished 19th (2 wins, 2 draws, 3 defeats), while youngster Seif Malik finished 41st (1 win, 1 draw, 5 defeats). In the women’s, Bushra Al Shuaibi finished 24th (3 wins, 4 defeats) while her teammate Ghaida’ Al Attar was 25th (3 wins, 4 defeats). The team will continue Monday in the Men and Women’s Rapid Team competitions.
WEIGHTLIFTERS HEADING HOME
Raed Al Khawaldeh lifted and impressive 130kg in the Snatch and 155kg in the Clean and Jerk, but it wasn’t enough to advance in the 105kg category.
“ASHGABAT PROVIDED A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US” The 3X3 Basketball Coach Yousef Abu Baker has said that Ashgabat 2017 has provided a great experience for the women and men’s teams by meeting the best in Asia. “We played with our junior teams as our main target is to give those players the experience they need to improve their skills,” he said. Jordan is looking to build the game for the future and deliberately selected the best young players to play so they can plan long-term. “Fitness was an area that we were lacking in so that has to improve,” he said. “We also identified a number of other areas we can strengthen.”
E-SPORTS TO LAUNCH THEIR CAMPAIGN
Jordan’s eSport team will launch their campaign in Ashgabat tomorrow, making history as the first time the Kingdom has been represented in the sport. The team includes Mohammad Abu Al Eis, Anas Herzallah, Abdulfattah Al Shroof, Ali Jarab, Abdullah Jaradat, and the team manager Mohammad Zahran. Eleven teams will compete in the event including Iran, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and the hosts Turkmenistan.