Young taekwondo practitioner in Azraq Refugee Camp receives international recognition for Fair Play artwork

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Ayoub holding the drawing

(May 27, 2020) – Reda Muhammed Al-Ayoub, a young practitioner from the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation’s (THF’s) Taekwondo Center in the Azraq refugee camp has been awarded a second place prize in the International Fair Play Art Contest.

Organised by the International Fair Play Committee, young people around the world were invited to express themselves through their artwork and enter submissions that answered what they are doing against COVID-19, why they are a fair player or what they have played recently.

Ayoub, aged 9, claimed second place in his age category (6-14 years old) for his painting that showed a taekwondo fighter kicking away COVID-19. His painting will be exhibited in November in Lausanne and Paris at the UNESCO Exhibition.

World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:

“The taekwondo family is very proud of Ayoub and the recognition he has received by the International Fair Play Committee. Fair play is a critical element of the taekwondo philosophy and respecting your opponent is at the very heart of our sport. Taekwondo can also play a key role in helping people to maintain their physical and mental health during this time and so just as Ayoub’s excellent painting shows, taekwondo can contribute to the fight against COVID-19.”