Jordan’s king celebrates return of gold-medal athlete from Rio Olympics - with another medal!

Published August 31st, 2016 - 08:24 GMT
Ahmad Abu Ghaush poses with his gold medal, the first Olympic medal for Jordan. (AFP/File)
Ahmad Abu Ghaush poses with his gold medal, the first Olympic medal for Jordan. (AFP/File)

His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday expressed pride in the Jordanian team that participated in the Rio Olympic Games 2016, in which the Kingdom won a gold medal, according to a Royal Court statement. 

The King made his remarks as he and Her Majesty Queen Rania received the Jordan Olympic team at Al Husseiniya Palace, where he stressed that Jordan's participation in the games is an important step to achieve more in the future, praising the win by taekwondo Olympic gold medallist Ahmad Abu Ghaush.

The meeting was attended by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Hassan, president of the Higher Council for Self-Defence Sports, Prince Feisal, president of the Jordan Olympic Committee, and Prince Rashid, president of the Jordanian Taekwondo Federation.

His Majesty awarded Abu Ghaush the Order of King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein for Excellence of the First Class, for winning the gold medal in taekwondo, as well as the champion’s coach Fares Assaf for his contribution.

Abu Ghaush won Jordan’s first ever medal in the Olympic Games on August 18 in the -68kg category after defeating the Egyptian, South Korean, Spanish and Russian champions.

He also awarded Chang Win Pin, the coach of the national taekwondo team, the King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein gold medal.

For their part, the team members expressed their appreciation for His Majesty’s support, which, they said, motivates them to achieve more in the field of sports.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the original. 

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