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AMMAN, Jordan (April 1, 2018) – On Sunday April 1st, 2018, the Azraq Taekwondo Academy training facility was officially inaugurated by Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) Chairman and World Taekwondo (WT) President Dr. Chungwon Choue, just short of two years after the launch of the Foundation’s first pilot project in the camp.

 

His Royal Highness, Prince Rashid Bin El Hassan, President of Jordan Taekwondo Federation, attended this historic event, along with representatives from Jordan authorities, including Vice-President of Jordan Olympic Committee, Amman Mayor Office and SRAD, as well as delegates from UNHCR and CARE Jordan and friends of the Foundation who travelled specially from overseas to attend.

 

Located 90 kilometers away from the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Azraq Taekwondo Academy began operations on April 27, 2016, as one of the first projects set up in a refugee camp by THF, and currently hosts more than 32,000 refugees, victim of the Syrian civil war, many of whom being children. THF’s Academy enhances the children ftom the camp with important self-defence skills and key universal values of the philosophy of taekwondo. More than 80 students train at the Academy, and taekwondo sessions are offered three times a week.

The facilities provided will make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of children today and in the future, as they will allow the Academy to host more students and a better training experience in comfort and safety. Also, the classroom provided, will allow THF to implement its education programme that teaches Olympics values and the universal values of World Citizenship and World Peace.

 

Speaking following the opening ceremony, President Choue said:

“It was with great pride and humility that I was able to open the new taekwondo facility at the Azraq Taekwondo Academy. The Academy has been a great success and has even already produced its first black belt. But, we knew there was even more that we could do to maximize opportunities for these deserving young people.

“This new facility will make a huge difference and allow students to practise in comfort and safety. We have seen over the last two years how taekwondo has the power to bring hope and joy to people who need it most and help them live healthier and more fulfilling lifestyles. With this new facility we can reach even more young people and help teach them values which will help them in the future. This wonderful new facility will provide a benchmark for future THF projects around the world.”

 

THF and World Taekwondo hope to align their efforts with other Olympic Federations, inviting other sports that need a physical facility to offer classes in this new Academy in Azraq. The Academy will provide a benchmark for future projects by THF and Azraq will be used as a model for THF academies across the world – in Rwanda, in Djibouti and elsewhere.

For more information about THF’s current activities, please visit http://thfaid.org/projects/.

 

Source: World Taekwondo

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