Jordan will be hoping to make home advantage pay when they host the West Asian Table Tennis Championships in Aqaba from February 9-12.
The best players of all ages from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine and Oman will join Jordan who are preparing their national teams for a tough test.
Fawwaz Al Sharabi, Jordan Table Tennis Federation President, said the final touches are being put to the venue over the coming days with all matches being played at the city’s Rosary School.
“We are really pleased with the commitment from the players who are training twice a day to be ready,” he said. “The standard of the competition is very high so this tournament will provide us with an opportunity to see how we are standing in this region.
“Teams will start to arrive in Jordan next Wednesday so the venue will need to be ready for then so they can train in the right environment.
“This tournament is also a chance for the players to earn ranking points on an individual level, which will in turn help the athletes in their next international participation.”
Twenty players have been named in the Jordan team who will compete in the men, women, youth (male and female U18) and juniors (male and female U15).
Men: Zaid Yousef, Zeyad Aziz, and Mohammad Bani Salameh
Women: Sewar Abu Yaman, Taima Abu Yaman, Farah Khater and Bara' Al Wedyan.
Youth male: Khalid Basem, Hassan Al Huorani, Omar Al Owfi and Yahia Al Azam
Youth female: Lima Khater, Yara Al Damisi and Razan Aqrabawi
Juniors male: Raed Al Damisi, Hamadah Qasoul and Ayesh Awad
Juniors female: Tina Khouri, Masa Al Khawaldeh and Batoul Al Rashdan