Jordan’s historic Olympic hero Ahmad Abu Ghaush has been nominated for the World Taekwondo Federation's (WTF) Fighter of the Year Award.
The 20-year-old shocked the sporting world by picking up a dramatic gold in Rio de Janeiro, becoming Jordan’s first recipient of an Olympic medal of any colour.
And in a double dose of Jordan recognition, his coach Faris Al Assaf has been nominated for the coach award. Only four nominees have been made in total for each category.
“This is a huge honour in what has already been an incredible year for me,” said Abu Ghaush. “The other fighters nominated are from China, Corte d' Voire and Azerbaijan. For me, it is just as pleasing that my coach Faris has also been nominated as he is one of the best in the world.”
The winners will be announced in a WTF ceremony in Azerbaijan on December 12.
Meanwhile, Abu Ghaush has signed a sponsorship deal to become a Youth Ambassador with Umniah for the next four years. Al Assaf has also signed as an ambassador to the telecommunications company.