Down Syndrome Care Centre and Free Spirit Dojang Taekwondo Club signed a co-operation agreement aimed at promoting Taekwondo among Down Syndrome children registered with the centre.
The signing comes in line with the shared vision to establish a Down Syndrome Taekwondo team, as the first ever Para Martial Arts team in the kingdom, in a form which displays their distinction in combat sports and capability to represent Bahrain in Taekwondo and achieve advanced positions.
The agreement was driven by the desire of parents of Down Syndrome children training at Free Spirit Dojang Taekwondo Club, after having witnessed the numerous benefits from the practice of Taekwondo on their children’s physical, technical, behavioral and psychological development, and the achievement of international medals last year by the club’s down syndrome star athletes – Rawan Al Saad and Noora Zainal – in online Para Poomsae Taekwondo championships.
Down Syndrome Care Centre director Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Ali, and Sport to Door for Martial Arts Supplies and Training chief executive Fajar Ali Al BinAli signed the agreement.
Bahrain Combat Sports Council chairman Shaikh Salman bin Mohammad Al Khalifa congratulated both parties, wishing them success in their partnership, which “contributes to achieving the council’s strategy in promoting Para Combat Sports, in line with the vision of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
He also stressed the importance of creating such collaborations which simultaneously serve the development of sports and societal agendas.