The Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) has announced the launch of the Jordan Athletics Therapy Association (JATA) to further protect the safety and well-being of athletes in the Kingdom.
It follows on from the successful Qusai Initiative, another of the CPF’s initiatives, which has been implemented in partnership with the Jordan Olympic Committee and has succeeded in training hundreds of therapists in providing first point-of-contact medical assistance in the sports field.
This latest development was announced at a press conference held on the seventh anniversary of the launch of the Qusai Initiative, which was launched by HRH Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, the Crown Prince in 2014.
JATA has ben formed in cooperation with the Sports Medicine Federation and will further develop the capabilities of therapists, providing them with the necessary skills to deal with more emergency situations that occur on the sports fields.
Tammam Mango, Executive Director of the Crown Prince Foundation, expressed her pride and happiness in launching the federation following the seven successful years in cooperation with business partners through the Qusai initiative.
“Today, after years of work, we proudly announce that the Qusai's initiative, which began with the tragic death of footballer Qusai al-Khawaldeh, may God have mercy on him, now has a full Federation dedicated to serving its goals.
“In addition, we have an integrated academic programme for a master's degree in sports therapy to support the sports sector which is staffed with highly qualified scientific and practical people, a first in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Mango pointe out that 12 sports men and women’s lives had been said since the start of Qusai, stressing that the Crown Prince Foundation plans to sustain the initiative with the Jordan Olympic Committee over the next two years.
Nasser Al-Majali, the Secretary General of the JOC said: ”Jordanian sport has witnessed a remarkable development on the health and medical side, thanks to the partnership between JOC and the CPF. This co-oporation follows our strategy to protect players and provide them with a safe environment to play, by providing them with full health care during their participation in various local and international tournaments.”
Zaid Habashneh, President of the Jordan Athletics Therapy Association, said that the vision of the federation is to have sports therapy recognised as a health care provider by 2025, and that its mission is to position Jordan as a pioneer in the field of sports therapy practice, research and legislation in the Middle East and North Africa.