The stage is set for sport’s biggest night of the year taking place on Monday night - The Black Iris Sports Awards.
The cream of Jordan’s sporting community will congregate at the Kempinski Hotel for a royal gala event held under the patronage of HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, President of the Jordan Olympic Committee which organises the awards.
Created in 2005 to encourage and recognise sporting excellence among Jordan’s elite athletes, the 2015 Black Iris Sports Awards winners will be revealed following a voting process that engaged with almost 500,000 fans.
There are five categories, and the winners will be revealed at the ceremony which will be streamed live through the internet. Details will be posted Monday afternoon on the Jordan Olympic Committee’s official Facebook and Twitter pages so fans can watch the awards night as it happens.
- Hussein Ishish (Boxing): Bronze at Asian Championships and ranked five in the world
- Ahmad Abu Goush (Taekwondo): Silvers at Open Kazakhstan Championships and Open Russian Championships
- Udai Abu Hasswah (Kickboxing): Asian Gold Medallist in India; Gold at Arab Championships; and Silver at World Championships
- Lawrence Fanous (Triathlon): Ninth at Europe Professionals Championships and pushing for Olympic qualification
- Malik Al Hariri (Jujitsu): Seven gold, five silver and four bronze in 2015
- Lama Qubbaj (Jujitsu): Gold in World Jujitsu Championships, Top ranked in Asia and four in the world
- Lena Mazahreh (Badminton): Silver in International Morocco Championships; Two bronze medals in Egypt Championships for doubles and mixed doubles
- Sewar Abu Yaman (Table Tennis): Gold at Arab Women’s Cup.
Best Young Achiever (Male), in association with Backaldrin
- Nabeel Al Shweiki (Karate): Bronze in World U21 Championships; Bronze in Asian Championships
- Khader Baqleh (Swimming): Two silver, two bronze at Arab Championships; Gold, two silver, two bronze at International Dubai Championships. First Jordanian to make Olympic qualification time (B) in 200m freestyle, three silvers at 8th Asian Age Championship.
- Shergo Al Kurdi (Golf): Second at Arab Juniors Championships and holder of a number of titles in the UK where he lives and plays
- Mohammad Al Goul (Jujitsu): Gold at World Junior Championships
- Ahmad Al Khateeb (Chess): Gold at Arab Olympic Chess, obtained Grand Master and International Master levels
Best Young Achiever (Female), in association with Peak
- Aysha Al Sedah (Taekwondo): Silver at World Cadet Championships
- Taleen Al Humaidi (Taekwondo): Bronze at Asian Juniors Championships, Silver at Kazakhstan Championships
- Leen Al Btoush (Football): Player-of-the-tournament at the West Asian Championships.
- Balqees Al Qudah (Fencing): Gold at Arab Championships
- Domo’ Amro (Badminton): Four golds at International Egypt Championships for team, individual, doubles and mixed doubles
Best Paralympic Athlete
- Khitam Abu Awad (Table Tennis): Silver at Rio qualifications and Gold at Slovenia International Championships
- Mohammad Abu Arrar (Powerlifting): Gold at International Fazza’ Championships
- Fatin Elymat (Table Tennis): Silver at Slovenia International Championships; Silver at Al Nadi Championships; Bronze at Asian Championships.