Voting for two of the five categories for the 2015 Black Iris Sports Awards will go into extra time after the Jordan Olympic Committee revealed ties at the top.
After hundreds of thousands of votes were cast through the official JOC Facebook page and web site, the points system has revealed that four candidates have tied in the Best Sportsman and two in the Best Young Achiever (male), which is sponsored by backaldrin.
Under the voting procedures, the points are distributed to the athletes according to their positions from each of the two voting channels, with first taking 50, second 40, third 30 and so on.
Incredibly, in the Best Sportsman category, Malik Al Hariri (jiu jitsu), Odai Abu Hasweh (kick boxing), Hussein Oshaish (boxing) and Ahmad Abu Ghoush (taekwondo) all got the same points.
In Best Young Achiever (male) Nabil Al Shawabkeh (karate) and Khader Baqleh (swimming) also landed the same points.
Like in all great sporting contests, there will now be a voting ‘shoot-out’ for one day only through www.joc.jo with the Sportsman category going first on Sunday and the second category following on Monday.
In the extraordinary case of another tie, then the award will be shared.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at the Kempinski Hotel on March 7.