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Yayha Al-Ghoutani becomes THF’S second black belt

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Yayha Al-Ghoutani becomes THF’S second black belt

“With the help from my coach and family, I hope I can one day go to the Olympics.”

Fifteen-year-old Yayha Basam Al-Ghoutani, a Syrian refugee living in Azraq Refugee Camp obtained his black belt Saturday, 6 October, becoming the second participant of all Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation's (THF) academies worldwide to ever reach this level after his good friend Wael Al-Farraj obtained his first dan in December 2017.

Accompanied by Azraq Academy and THF coach Asef Sabah, Yayha was able to pass his first-dan black belt test at the Prince Rashed bin El-hassan venue in Amman. He successfully completed the test leaving everyone impressed by his outstanding performance.

Yayha who started participating at the Academy in 2016 told us “I found out about Taekwondo thanks to coach Asef. My family accepted the idea of me participating in THF’s Taekwondo programme and with the support of the coach I was able to start training.” Although Yayha struggled at first, as his school grades and studies were an issue which could have jeopardised his training, he was able to pass and continue forward with his Taekwondo journey.

Yayha, who has now been doing Taekwondo for a little over two years now, is highly ambitious and not afraid to dream big: “With the help from my coach and family, I hope I can one day go to the Olympics” and said he decided to take part in the programme to change from an ordinary person to an athlete.

In the meanwhile, Yayha and fellow black-belt Wael have already started assisting Coach Asef in the training of other participants of the Academy.

Yayha’s commitment, determination and desire is an inspiration to all. His achievements represent the potential success for all of THF’s projects throughout the world in the foundation’s goal to provide hope to refugee children and youth.

About the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation

In compliance with the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Agenda 2020 and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, World Taekwondo (WT) is obligated to fulfil its social responsibility as an International Sports Federation to the wider world. The world is confronted with a global crisis of perpetual increase in refugee population and conflicts. UNHCR estimated that as of 2018, there are 40 million internally displaced people, 25.5 million refugees and 3.1 million asylum seekers worldwide. If this were a country, it would be the 23rd largest. WT approached this major task through the lens of sport for peace and development activities with the main goal of empowering refugees and displaced persons worldwide through programmes revolving around taekwondo.

The Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation was created after a speech by WT president Choue on 21 September 2015 at a conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. The intended main beneficiaries of THF’s projects are children and youth in vulnerable situations. THF provides among others: hope, mental and physical well-being, rehabilitation for dealing with trauma, access to social activities, social networks and employment opportunities. The objective is to improve the beneficiaries’ quality of life in refugee or other vulnerable situations, their prospects as good global citizens with the integration of taekwondo and Olympic values.


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Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 14:16

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