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Ahmad Abu Ghosh

Ahmad Abu Ghosh

Sector : Sports, Athletes

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Jordan
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1996
  • Age: 27
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Ahmad Abu Ghosh (born February 1, 1996) is a Jordanian taekwondo player of Palestinian origin. He won a gold medal for Jordan at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the men's 68 kg taekwondo competition while he is still studying at the University of Jordan. It is the first official medal for Jordan in the history of its participation in the Olympic Games. Before that, Abu Ghosh was the third Jordanian player to win the World Junior Taekwondo Championship in 2012 in Sharm El-Sheikh, after other Jordanians, Muhammad Al-Abbadi in the 2002 World Cup in Greece and Yazan Al-Sadiq in the 2008 World Cup in Turkey.

On October 30, 2020, he suddenly announced his retirement from international football, and on November 6, 2020, the Jordanian Public Security Court issued a 6-month prison sentence, on charges of forging official documents and illegal possession of a passport. Then, on November 23, 2020, the court decided to stop the execution of his prison sentence.

His life and sporting upbringing
Ahmed Omran Issa Abu Ghosh was born in Amman on February 1, 1996, and is of Palestinian origin. His father, Omran Issa Abu Ghosh, was born in 1947 in the village of Emwas, which was occupied and its people expelled from it in 1967, so his family emigrated to Jordan. According to one of his relatives, “The Abu Ghosh family is known in Jerusalem, and the village of Abu Ghosh was named after the family, but not all of its members are descended from this village, part of them were displaced from the village of Emwas or Latrun.” It is also mentioned that his father passed away on November 29, 2020.

Abu Ghosh started his star career within the Al-Fares Taekwondo Center, then in 2010 he was in the ranks of the national team for junior Taekwondo World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Sharm El-Sheikh. tournament. Then he participated in all national teams of all age groups, then won the gold medal in the World and Asian Championships, and the award for the best Jordanian athlete granted by the Jordanian Olympic Committee. In 2013, he was injured by the cruciate ligament, and he stayed away from Taekwondo for one year, after which he returned to follow up on the exercises and qualifications for juniors.

His participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics
Qualifying for the Olympics
Ahmed Abu Ghosh obtained the official qualification card for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by winning the gold medal for the weight of under 68 kg in the Asian Olympic Qualification for Taekwondo that was held in the Philippine capital, Manila. Where he beat the Mongolian player Timoen Roifjan, then the player from Singapore, and then the Bahraini player Abdullah Al-Ahmadi, 13-2. Then in the final against a player from Thailand with a big score of 15-2 to be qualified for the Olympics.

Preparation for the Olympics
Preparation for the Olympics began by setting up a training camp in Tunisia with reserve player Anas Al-Adarbeh and national coach Faris Al-Assaf. Then in a training camp in South Korea, where he participated in the Korea Open Taekwondo Championship, which was held in July 2016, and won its gold. Then he went to set up a camp in Manchester, and then went to Brazil.

Abu Ghosh's confrontations began with the Egyptian player Ghofran Zaki, who beat him 9-1.
After that, he faced the Korean Lee Dao-hoon in a difficult confrontation, as he won by 3 points, 11-8.
In the semi-finals, he beat Spain's champion and gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, Joel Gonzalez, 12-7.
In the final match on August 18, Abu Ghosh defeated Russian Alexey Denisenko in the final round, with a score of 10-6.
reactions in Jordan
The Jordanian king called Abu Ghosh and congratulated him, and in a tweet to Queen Rania Al-Abdullah on the social networking site Twitter, she wrote: “I made Jordan happy with your great achievement. Congratulations to the Jordanian taekwondo champion, Ahmed Abu Ghosh, for winning the gold medal in the Olympics.” The official Jordanian television elaborated on Abu Ghosh’s achievement and dedicated a program The sports magazine that airs every Friday afternoon entirely to talk about the achievement.

Upon his arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, Abu Ghosh received an official and popular reception that was previously arranged for him on the evening of Tuesday, August 23. At the forefront of the reception were Princes Hassan bin Talal, Faisal bin Al Hussein, Rashid bin Al Hassan, the Minister of Sports and Youth, and the family of Abu Ghosh. The celebration was completed by receiving Abu Ghosh in the Prince's Hall. Rashid in Al-Hussein Sports City. The celebration included musical instruments of the armed forces and a number of patriotic songs.
Other achievements
local achievements
2009: Kingdom Cubs Championship
2010: Winning the Kingdom Championship for juniors, youth and men
international achievements
Alexandria gold in Egypt in 2010 in weight under 45 kg (the first official gold on the list of the International Taekwondo Federation)
Gold in the Korean Open Youth Championship 2010
West Asian junior gold medal in Erbil
Golden Arab Emirates Championship
Gold in the 2012 World Junior Championships
Asian Junior Gold 2012 - Vietnam
Gold in the Taekwondo Grand Prix Championship held in London 2017



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