Faisal Jeylani Aweys
|Faisal Jeylani Aweys |
فيصل جيلاني عويس
|Born||Faysal Jaylaani Caweeys|
Mogadishu, Somali Democratic Republic
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)|
|Division||-58kg and -63kg|
|Fighting out of||Mogadishu|
|Team||Somalia national Taekwondo team|
|Trainer||Elton de Souza Moreira|
Based in Lausanne, he competed in taekwondo for his school, Taekwondo Malley.
Spotted in a tournament in Switzerland by Duran Farah, Aweys subsequently joined the Somalia national Taekwondo team. He trained there alongside Mohamed Deq Abdulle, with Elton de Souza serving as coach.
In 2010, Aweys along with his friend Anthony Wood founded their own taekwondo club. One year after its inception, the club quickly formed four national champions.
Aweys' collaboration with the Somali Olympic Committee allowed him to compete for Somalia for the first time outside of Europe. He took part in the Alexandria open in Egypt in 2013, where he finished fourth.
At the 2013 Open World Taekwondo Challenge Cup in Tongeren, Aweys and Mohamed Deq Abdulle also took home a silver medal and fourth place, respectively. The Somali Olympic Committee has devised a special support program for the Somalia national Taekwondo team to ensure continued success in future tournaments.
In May 2014, Aweys participated in the Taekwondo African Championships held in Tunisia. He beat competitors from Gabon and Mozambique, before eventually losing in the semi-finals against a stylist representing Egypt. Aweys ended up winning a bronze medal, his highest continental award since he started fighting for Somalia.
In June 2014, Aweys' World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) ranking had risen to the 56th best fighter in his weight class. He continues to train in pursuit of more medals.
- "Somalia moves forward at world Taekwondo". Horseed Media. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "Soomaaliya oo ku guulaysatay bilad maar ah tartanka Taekwondo ga Africa (Sawiro)". Cayaaraha. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.