Sports Donia Abu Taleb’s Olympic qualification ‘historic’: Taekwondo chief

JEDDAH: Donia Abu Taleb’s qualification for the Paris Olympics was a “historic” day for Saudi Arabia, said Saudi Taekwondo Federation President Shaddad Al-Omari, who also highlighted the growth of the sport across the country in recent years.

“Seriously I was not surprised by the performance of our athlete,” Al-Omari told Arab News during an interview recently.

Al-Omari was overcome with emotion after Abu Taleb confirmed her spot in Paris, weeping on the sidelines of the women’s under-49 kg division competition at the Asian qualification tournament in Tai’an, China.

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