Jordan’s history making Olympic gold medallist Ahmad Abu Ghaush said he is humbled after receiving the Order of King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein for Excellence of the First Class from His Majesty.
The 20-year-old taekwondo star secured Jordan’s first ever Olympic medal in style in Rio de Janeiro and he was hosted, along with his Team Jordan teammates, by His Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Rania at Al Husseiniya Palace.
“It was extremely humbling to meet Their Majesties and to receive this honour,” said Abu Ghaush. “I still think this is a dream and I will wake up at some point and it didn’t happen. I feel so proud to have achieved this for Jordan. This award will encourage me to continue to do my best and to try and achieve more glory for my country.”
For his part in the success story, Abu Ghaush’s coach Faris Al Assaf was also awarded the same honour and Chang Win Pin, who supported the pair as national team coach, was bestowed the King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein Gold Medal.
Also present for the ceremony was Their Royal Highnesses Prince Hassan, President of the Higher Council for Self Defence Sports; Prince Feisal President of the Jordan Olympic Committee; and Prince Rashid, President of the Jordan Taekwondo Federation.
Meanwhile last night, HRH Prince Feisal hosted a Jordan Olympic Committee celebration to honour Team Jordan and to pay their awards to the taekwondo pair.
Abu Ghaush was awarded JD100,000 while Al Assaf received JD50,000 in an evening that also saw the sporting community wish the Paralympic team well as they prepare to head to Rio for the Paralympic Games, which get underway next week. The event was also attended by HRH Prince Raad bin Zaid and also HRH Prince Rashid and HRH Princess Zeina Al Rashid.
The evening was organised in co-operation with Al Raya Group and Bidaya Corporate Communications.