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Jordan NOC President visits taekwondo academy in refugee camp

Date : 22 Jul 2019

Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2019: HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, President of the Jordan Olympic Committee and Member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, was joined by the President of World Taekwondo, Dr. Chung Won Choue, on a visit to the Azraq Taekwondo Academy in the town’s refugee camp.

The Academy was launched by the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation in cooperation with the Jordan Taekwondo Federation and Jordan Olympic Committee in 2016.

HRH Prince Feisal was also representing the IOC President, Thomas Bach, with Dr. Choue in Jordan for the Asian Taekwondo Championships taking place in Amman.

The pair were joined by International Wrestling Federation Development Director Dika Nyamki to witness a wrestling exhibition alongside a thrilling taekwondo performance put on by the Academy’s fighters.

World Taekwondo has invested considerable resources into the Academy in a bid to develop a team capable of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

It has been used as a pilot project which can be developed to other trouble spots in the world where there are large numbers of displaced people.

It is hoped that, through cooperation agreements with International Federations, more sports will be offered to refugees through the Academy including table tennis, judo, hockey, badminton and wrestling.

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