Ibrahim Khalaf has become the latest Jordanian to confirm his spot for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Khalaf, 29, has been competing on the Asian level this year and has gained enough points to secure a place through his continental ranking.
Khalaf can start his preparations for South America in the 90kg category and will be the first judo player to compete at an Olympics since 1996.
Khalaf was a part of the JOC’s Olympic Development programme and is the fourth athlete to join Team Jordan for Rio after Hussein Ishaiash (boxing), Ahmad Abu Ghaush (taekwondo) and Lawrence Fanous (triathlon).
More athletes are expected to join in the coming weeks, with Khader Baqleh becoming the first Jordanian swimmer to clock an Olympic B time for the 200m freestyle. It is expected that another swimmer will be invited to participate along with two more in athletics.
Jordan’s boxers have one last chance to qualify through the World qualifiers which take place from June 16-25 in Azerbaijan.