Fajar Al-BinAli (CPISP Group 5) is the founder and CEO of Sport-to-Door's Taekwondo Club in Bahrain. As the Sport-to-Door's CEO, she signed a joint cooperation agreement with Down Syndrome Care Centre (“The Centre”) aimed at promoting Taekwondo amongst Down Syndrome children registered with The Centre.
The signing of this agreement falls within the shared vision between The Centre and The Club in establishing 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 their capability to represent Bahrain in the sport of Taekwondo and achieve advanced positions in local and international events.
This 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, which marked the Kingdom's first international achievement in Para Martial Arts.
Representing The Centre at the signing of the agreement was Mr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Ali, Director of the Down Syndrome Care Centre, and from The Club, Ms. Fajar Ali Al-BinAli, CEO of Sport-to-Door for Martial Arts Supplies and Training.
On this occasion, His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Mohammad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Bahrain Combat Sports Council, congratulated both parties, wishing them success in their purposeful partnership which contributes to achieving the Council’s strategy in promoting Para Combat Sports, in line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee to integrate disabled people into sports in a way that enhances their capabilities and qualifies them to participate in international events. His Highness also stressed the importance of creating such collaborations which simultaneously serve the development of sports and societal agendas.
On his part, Mr. Al-Ali expressed his delight on the occasion of this new partnership between the “Down Syndrome Care Centre” and Sport-to-Door’s “Free Spirit Dojang”, noting that this agreement opens up broad horizons for the exchange of expertise to the benefit of all stakeholders of this collaboration. He also expressed his satisfaction with the club's safety measures, amongst of which having qualified instructors with long experience in the field of training Taekwondo, in addition to being the first club in the Kingdom to feature an instructor who is certified as a Para-Taekwondo Coach by World Taekwondo, the international federation governing the sport of Taekwondo.
In turn, Ms. Al-BinAli was pleased with the desire and support shown by the Down Syndrome Care Centre to embark on this cooperation, commending the various services provided by the Centre over many years to its members, which have significantly contributed to raising their capabilities in sports and different aspects of their daily life.
In the inauguration of the cooperation, “Free Spirit Dojang” Down Syndrome practitioners presented a Taekwondo demonstration session in honor of the “Down Syndrome Care Centre” under event sponsorship of “Clockwork” and in the presence of Eng. Huda Al-Jouan, member of the Board of Directors of the Bahraini Down Syndrome Society, Mrs. Iman Al-Sayed Ahmed, Assistant Deputy Director of the Down Syndrome Care Centre and parents of the demonstrating athletes.