Jordan secures sponsor slate for Tokyo 2020 boxing qualifier

Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier in Amman, Jordan next month have secured several sponsors for the event.

The sponsors are: Worldwide Olympic Partner Coca-Cola, banking group Societe Generale De Banque Jordan, mobile network Zain Jordan, sports restaurant chain Buffalo Wings and Rings, Taishan and courier Aramex.

Amman is hosting the event in place of original host city Wuhan in China, from where it was moved due to the coronavirus epidemic. The rescheduled event takes place in Prince Hamzah Hall Al Hussein Youth City, from March 3 to 11.

Nasser Majali, Secretary General of the Jordan Olympic Committee and CEO of the event’s local organising committee, said: “We have been short on time but huge on effort to ensure that this event meets the extremely high standards of the Olympic family.

“We are pleased with our progress and look forward to welcoming our friends from around the world to Amman over the coming days.

“The support that we have received from the business community has been particularly heartening and provides us with the helping hand required to host a world-class event.”

The qualifier will involve boxers from 40 countries competing for 41 men’s Olympic competition slots, across eight weight divisions. In the women’s competition, boxers will compete for 22 slots in five divisions.

Jordan is also hosting two other Tokyo 2020 qualifiers – the Western Asia Table Tennis qualifier from February 24-26 and the Asian taekwondo qualifier on April 10-12. The events will see up to 500 athletes in total from over 45 countries travel to Amman.

The country’s Olympic committee said yesterday that the events highlighted its “sporting ambition and event hosting capability”.

Majali said: “We are honoured and excited to be welcoming hundreds of the world’s best athletes to Jordan over the next few months. Hosting a series of Tokyo 2020 qualifying events not only underlines Jordan’s sporting ambitions, it also demonstrates that the Kingdom has the experience to host world-class international sports events.”