Jordan first participated at the Olympic Games in 1980, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then. The nation has only once participated in the Winter Olympic Games, at the 1992 Albertville Olympics, when then-43-year-old Mohamed Hadid competed for Jordan in speed skiing. As of 2015, no Jordanian athlete has won an official Olympic medal. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, two Jordanian athletes won bronze medals in taekwondo: Samer Kamal and Ihsan Abu Sheikha. However, these are not official Olympic medals as taekwondo at Seoul was a demonstration sport; it would not become an official Olympic sport until 2000.
The National Olympic Committee for Jordan was created in 1957 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1963. The Jordan Olympic Committee is now headed by HRH Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein.
A Little History
Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea to the west and the Red Sea in its extreme south-west. Jordan has a strategic location at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. The city of Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan, and the country's economic, political and cultural centre.
Inhabited since the Paleolithic period by individual communities, three self-governed kingdoms later emerged on the territory of modern Jordan at the very end of the Bronze Age: Ammon, Moab and Edom. The lands were later part of several kingdoms and empires, most notably the Nabatean Kingdom, the Roman Empire and finally the Ottoman Empire. After the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in 1916, the Ottoman Empire was partitioned in the aftermath of World War I by Britain and France. The Emirate of Transjordan was established in 1921 by the then Emir Abdullah I and the Emirate became a British protectorate. Transjordan was officially recognized by the Council of the League of Nations the same year. In 1946, Jordan became an independent sovereign state officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan. Jordan captured the West Bank during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and the name of the state was changed to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1949.
Jordan is a relatively small semi-arid almost landlocked country with a population numbering at 9.5 million. In the midst of surrounding turmoil, it has been greatly hospitable, accepting refugees from almost all surrounding conflicts as early as 1948, with most notably the estimated 2 million Palestinians and the 1.4 million Syrian refugees residing in the country. Jordan continues to demonstrate hospitality, despite the substantial strain the influx of Syrian refugees put on national systems and infrastructure. The kingdom is also a refuge to thousands of Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State. Jordan is considered to be among the safest of Arab countries in the Middle East, and has historically managed to keep itself away from terrorism and instability. Jordan has large investments despite having very limited natural resources.
Jordan is a constitutional monarchy, and the king holds wide executive and legislative powers. Jordan is classified as a country of "high human development" by the 2015 Human Development Report. Jordan has an "upper middle income" economy, and its economy has been severely affected by regional turmoil. The country is a major tourist destination in the region, and also attracts medical tourism due to its well developed health sector. Jordan is a founding member of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The kingdom is one of two Arab states to have signed a peace treaty with Israel. Sunni Islam is the dominant religion in Jordan making about 92% of the country's population, coexisting with an indigenous Christian minority.
Jordanian Olympic Triathlon Team
Here is the confirmed Jordanian triathlete to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athlete social media icons to read more about him.
Lawrence Fanous Triathlete
Lawrence Fanous was born in 1985 in Amman, Jordan. The 29-year-old Jordanian has become a passionate advocate for the triathlon and is eager to inspire other Arabs to take up the gruelling endurance discipline.
View full results history of Lawrence Fanous Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
Jordan Triathlon Association
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.