Jordan’s bid to make an impact at the WKF World Karate Championships gets underway today (Wednesday) in Austria, with Mahmoud Al Sajjan fighting Slovenia's Markas Jus in the 84kg category.
The match takes place at 3pm Jordan time and will be followed at 7.30pm by Hatem Dweik facing Montenegro's Brasanac Nemanja in the 75kg weight.
Bashar Al Najjar (67kg) will tomorrow meet the winner between Kazakhstan's Bexultan Mussa and Kyrgyzstan's Amankulov Bakhtiiar at 1pm, and Mohammad Sami (60kg) will meet the Dominican Republic's Moreni Martinez at 2.30pm.
Almost 2,500 athletes from 135 countries will be taking part in championships, the first being held since karate was included as a sport on the 2020 Olympic programme.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s referees and coaches have made their impact by improving their own classifications through examinations being held on the sidelines of the event.
Ibrahim Al Duqus became the first Jordanian referee to reach the First Degree in refereeing, while Abdel Hafeeth Alia got the Second Degree and Malek Al Khateeb received the International Referee Badge.
National coaches, Adel Khurafi and Mohammad Al Fetyan, received the International Coaching Certification which will enhance the levels of training here in Jordan.