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Taekwondo stars launch year in Fujairah

By JT - Jan 31,2019 - Last updated at Jan 31,2019

AMMAN — Jordan is sending its top Taekwondo fighters to the UAE this weekend to compete at the Fujairah International Championship from February 1-3, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service. 

It will be the team’s first participation of 2019 with head coach Faris Al Assaf choosing a squad of eight fighters to travel along with coaches Nabil Talal and Loai Al Mrayat.

With a little over 18 months until the 2020 Olympic Games, every tournament is vital for qualification points and the squad has intensified its training at the Olympic Preparation Centre in Amman. “Every fight counts now as we look to secure as many ranking points as possible so we expect big things from our fighters this weekend in Fujairah,” said Al Assaf.

The squad blends proven experience with the best rising talent in the Kingdom. The men’s squad has Zaid Mustafa, Zaid Al Halawani (-58kg), Ruslan Labzo (-63kg), Ahmed Abu Ghaush (-73kg), Anas al Sadeq (-87kg), while the women’s squad includes Luna Abu Aisha (-53kg), Natali Al-Humaidi (-62kg) and Juliana AlSadiq (-67kg). 

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