With only six days to go, Mohammad Salameh has revealed the magnitude of his task to try and win a medal at the 10th World Games in Poland.
The 29-year-old Muaythai star has qualified for the 81kg category and will be coming up against the very best opponents in the world.
“It will be a war there,” he said. “But I can’t wait to be in the ring and show that I can compete with the best in the world.
It will be very hard and I know I will need to be at my best.
“I’m training twice a day at the moment, and the focus has been on both raising my fitness level and preparing my technique for what I may face in the ring.”
His coach, Yaser Abu Safyeh, said that they have faced a race against time having only secured a late qualification place, but he said they were able to focus quickly on what was required. With the final touches being put into the preparations, the pair are feeling confident.
“I’m so happy that I will compete there, it’s one of the most prestigious games in the world and I’m looking forward to getting there,” said Salameh.
“Participating in Poland could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me so I will seek to represent Jordan in the best way possible and that means being on the podium with a medal.”
Salameh started his career in 2002 through a summer camp in Aqaba where he lives, and he hasn’t looked back.
In his very first participation with the national team in 2006, he won bronze at the Asian Indoor Games to realise that the sport would play a huge part in his life.
“The World Games is like a missing part of the puzzle for me,” he said.
“I won two world titles in Spain 2010 and Thailand 2017, and I have Asian silver and bronze. I want a medal in Poland.”