Jordan’s best ever line-ups will compete in the Asian Games
Jordan selected a powerful team to the upcoming Asian Games, their squad contains two female and seven male boxers. The Asian Games will be the most important multisport event this year and Jordan has its best ever boxing team to earn Olympic spots in Hangzhou.
Jordan achieved one silver and four bronze medals in the history of the Asian Games and the country is aiming for its first ever gold in the upcoming edition. Jordan earned its first Asian Games medal in 1998 when Mohamed Abukhadijeh reached the semi-finals in Bangkok.
Since then Odai Riyad Al-Hindawi, Obada Al-Kasbeh, Ihab Al-Matbouli and Zeyad Eshaish were their medallists in the previous two Asian Games. Among them, three will be members of the national team in the upcoming Hangzhou edition as well.
Amman hosted the last Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualifying Event in 2020 and Jordan reached record number of quotas for Tokyo. Jordan was the organizer of the last ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman one year ago and the country’s top boxers claimed two gold medals on home soil.
Jordan impressed in the Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships where the country earned a historic bronze medal. The Arab Sports Games was another top preparation event for them in Algeria this July and their national team bagged five gold medals.
Jordan selected two girls to the Asian Games, and both of them are members of the next generation with promising skills. The U22 boxers as Silina Al-Hasanat and Hanan Nassar will represent Jordan in the women’s competition of the Asian Games. Hanan Nassar earned a historic female gold medal for the country at the Arab Sports Games this summer.
Jordan had issues at the flyweight (51kg) in the previous years but the young Huthaifa Eshish could be the solution for them. The ASBC Asian Champion Mohammad Adnan Abu Jajeh claimed a bronze medal at the World Boxing Championships and he moved down to the featherweight (57kg) where he could be the tallest competitor.
A former Asian Games bronze medallist, Obada Al-Kasbeh returned to the national team and the 29-year-old boxer could be a strong impact at the light welterweight (63.5kg). The Tokyo Olympian Zeyad Eshaish earned medals in almost all of the big championships and he has strong chance to get a quota for Paris 2024.
The ASBC Asian Champion and the two-time Olympian Hussein Iashaish found his best category, the light heavyweight (80kg) where he has high expectations. The 2014 Asian Games silver medallist Odai Riyad Al-Hindawi is a veteran boxer but he is still in top shape. Jordan has a new super heavyweight (+92kg) boxer, Mahmoud Ghanem who competed in the Arab Sports Games this year.
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