The Humanitarian Taekwondo Center in Jordan’s refugee camp celebrated a significant achievement following a grading examination held on the 4th of November. Seven Kyu grades successfully advanced to Dan grades, marking a noteworthy milestone in their journey.

This accomplishment is even more remarkable as it pushes the total count of black belts at the Humanitarian Taekwondo Center in Azraq’s refugee camp, Jordan, beyond 100. The center’s operations began in Azraq in 2016, with funding from the World Taekwondo (WT) and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, based in Lausanne.

What makes this achievement stand out is that two out of the 14 athletes who have been awarded scholarships by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for refugee athletes aiming to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympics come from this very refugee camp. Their dedication to working with underprivileged communities has been rewarded with excellence. In recognition of their outstanding efforts, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) and World Taekwondo (WT) received the esteemed title of ‘Combat Sports Initiative of the Year 2023.’

The Olympic Refugee Foundation continues to pursue its mission, as evidenced by their recent showcase of the Humanitarian Taekwondo Center in Azraq. This presentation took place during an IOC session in Mumbai, India, in October. During the event, IOC President Thomas Bach emphasized the fundamental progress achieved by Taekwondo’s role in this humanitarian initiative, underlining its importance from the very beginning.

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