A whopping 40,000 social media votes have been cast to decide Jordan’s recipient of the 2014 Black Iris Sports Award for Best Young Achiever (Male).
As voting closed at midnight on Saturday night, as well as the tens of thousands of votes through the Jordan Olympic Committee Facebook page, thousands more were made through www.joc.jo.
The nominees this year are Obadah Al Kisbeh (Boxing), Hamzeh Qattan (Taekwondo) and Zaid Al Halawani (Taekwondo) and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner in March.
The category was the second shortlist to be released with the third, and final, category of Best Paralympic Athlete going to the public vote today (Sunday) for five days through the JOC Facebook page and web site.
The Paralympians on the shortlist are:
- Moutaz Al Juniadi – Powerlifting: Gold medal in 2014 World Championships and silver medal in the 2014 Asian Paralympic Games
- Khetam Abu Awad – Table tennis: Silver medal in 2014 World Championships and bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Paralympic Games
- Abdel Kareem Khattab – Powerlifting: Gold medal in the 2014 Asian Paralympic Games
The JOC is closely monitoring the process to ensure that the validity of the votes is fair, and with the number of votes showing an increase from last year’s awards, it signifies the popularity of the shortlisted sportsmen.
There are five categories in total with the two female awards already decided by the expert panel that decided the shortlists.