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The 9th Arab Kickboxing Championship launched today in Arena Hall at Al Hussein Youth City in Amman.

It was a mixed day for the hosts with Ahmad Samour qualifying to the next round of the full contact 60kg event after beating Kuwait’s Yousef Al Musa, while Hisham Al D'ajah secured his place following a win over Kuwait’s Abdulhadi Al Ojaili in the 75kg.

But Alaa Aqel missed out the 54kg after losing to Egypt's Mahmoud Atef, while Shafiq Abu Syam lost to Palestine's Abdulhafez Anwar in the 57kg. Muhi Osamah also lost the first round of the 63kg to Palestine's Ahmad Othman.

In Men's K1, Ibrahim Juma'a beat Algeria's Mohammad Bin Ahmad in the 60kg while both Mohammad Wasi and Mohammad Mukhtar advanced following their wins over opponents from Algeria.

Ahmad Saleh missed out in the K1 after losing to Algeria's Sufian Dargal in the 67kg while Muanad Afaneh lost his 63kg bout to Algeria's Ismael Muhi.

The Championship has attracted more than 100 fighters from nine countries including Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and Jordan.

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