The Jordan Olympic Committee has launched a new process for deciding which sportsmen and women will be named Black Iris Sports Awards winners for 2014
The awards are known as Jordan’s sports Oscars with the top performers in five categories recognised since 2005. It is the only award of its kind and considered the top award available in sport here
And this year, the system has been tweaked to ensure that the public get to vote on the very best shortlist available.
For the first time, Jordan’s National Sports Federations have been asked to nominate the athletes that have performed best in their sports.
This part of the process will close early next week and, following that, an expert panel consisting of representatives from each national newspaper as well as Jordan Olympic Committee officials will consider what names will be entered onto a shortlist of three for each award.
In the New Year, the public will be asked to have their say when the shortlists will be posted to the Jordan Olympic Committee Facebook page for them to make their choices
Last year, this part of the process attracted almost 150,000 votes with the campaign reaching an incredible 600,000 people online
There are five categories up for grabs with Black Iris Awards available for Best Sportsman, Best Sportswoman, Best Young Sportsman, Best Young Sportswoman, and Best Paralympic athlete of the year.