Abdullah Hammad has become the latest Jordanian to qualify for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 6-18. The Karate youngster booked his place after winning silver at the -61kg qualifying event being held in Croatia where over 300 players representing 84 countries have gathered. Just a month after winning the Asian title, Hammad missed out on gold to Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Al Eseiri, 2-0. Earlier he beat Germany’s Hinze Albert, Burundi’s Alvis, Romania’s Alexander Suzono and Kazakhstan’s Kolazan Ozlas, before beating Russia’s Roseve with superiority in the semi-final. His achievement has been praised by the sporting community with Jordan Olympic Committee Secretary General, Nasser Majali, leading the plaudits. “We are so proud of Abdullah and what he has achieved,” he said. “Congratulations to him and of course to those that have worked so hard behind the scenes to support him.” He will join Rama Abu Al Rub, Natali Al Humaidi and Zeid Mustafa (all Taekwondo), Sara Al Armouti (Equestrian) and the 3x3 Basketball team who are also confirmed for Buenos Aires. More could yet qualify from Karate with the tournament continuing.
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