A landmark agreement has been signed that will improve the welfare of Jordanian athletes competing across all levels of sport.
The CEO of the Crown Prince Foundation, Mr. Omar Al Masarwah, signed the agreement with the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) represented by Larry Leverenz at the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) headquarters.
Through this partnership, Jordan will benefit from learning best practices in supporting athlete well-being through the Qusai Initiative which was set up following the tragic death of young Jordanian footballer Qusai Al Khawaldeh during a game here.
There will be an initial assessment followed by a strategic plan put in place to provide a safer environment for athletes. There will also be workshops for new medical graduates from Jordan Universities about the principles of therapy, First Aid, and how to avoid injuries.
“This agreement meets the objectives of the Qusai Initiative,” said Mr. Al Masarwah. “The Initiative will develop the way we look after the health of our athletes to ensure we can deal with all sorts of sports injuries and medical emergencies, especially considering Jordan’s important position on the world’s sporting map.”
Mr. Leverenz explained that WFATT is proud to be supporting Jordan through training and knowledge sharing as they aim to develop long term programmes throughout the world.
“We are so happy to work with this Initiative which is under the umbrella of the Crown Prince Foundation. We share the same vision and mission and look forward to enhancing this relationship in the future,” he said.
Nasser Majali, Secretary General of the JOC, which hosted the ceremonyto show their support to the agreement, added: “We are happy to host the signing of this agreement which will help the Initiative develop their capabilities in the future. Athlete well-being is important to the JOC so we will play a significant role in developing this Initiative in the future.”
The Qusai Initiative aims to build a long-term plan in cooperation with the Jordan Medicine Federation and the JOC for new graduates to be qualified to the highest standards available.