HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein has led the tributes on a glorious night for the sporting community, as Jordan’s top athletes were honored by the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) at the annual Black Iris Awards.
This year’s edition was a huge success, as over 125,000 votes were collected, creating great exposure for Jordan’s premier athletes and sport as a whole in the Kingdom.
"On behalf of the Jordanian sporting family, I would like to congratulate the worthy winners of the Black Iris Awards,” said HRH Prince Feisal, President of the JOC.
"Our athletes put in countless hours of training and dedicate their lives towards sport, and these awards allow us to recognize their achievements. They have all made Jordan very proud and I wish them, and all of our sportsmen and women, well as they continue their careers.”
It was a memorable night for Abdel Rahman Al Masatfeh, who won the award for Best Sportsman for his karate silver medal at the 2014 Asian Games.
Rana Qubbaj and Eman al Adayleh were winners in the Best Sportswoman and Best Young Achiever (Female) categories.
Qubbaj won GOLD at the World Jujistu Masters, while al Adayleh qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in taekwondo.
Boxer Obadah Al Kisbeh received the Best Young Achiever (Male) Award for his bronze medal performance at the Asian Games.
In the Best Paralympic Athlete category, weightlifter Moutaz Al Juniadi won the prestigious prize after he picked up a GOLD medal at the World Championships and a silver medal at the Paralympic Asian Games.
The JOC teamed up with the National Sporting Federations and a panel of sport media figures to determine the nominees for this year’s ceremony. The voting process was conducted through the JOC official Facebook page and website, as fans were able to vote by simply liking the photo of the athlete of their choosing.