13th World Taekwondo Regional Training Center opens in Riyadh


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Oct 30, 2022) – World Taekwondo recently opened its 13th Regional Training Center, the Mahd Sports Academy in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to help advance the development of Taekwondo in the country.


During the official opening ceremony, World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue presented the certificate of recognition to Mahd Sport Academy Vice President Hashem Dagestani. In addition, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed by World Taekwondo and Mahd Sports Academy to foster mutual cooperation in research, sport, business and educational activities during World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in December.


World Taekwondo Secretary General Jeongkang Seo, Para Taekwondo Committee Vice Chair Usman Dildar, Saudi Arabian Taekwondo Federation President Shaddad Al Amri and Mahd Sport Academy Operation Director Sultan AlAnizi also attended the opening ceremony.


President Choue said:

“It was a pleasure to attend the opening of World Taekwondo’s latest Regional Training Centre in Riyadh. We have no doubt the Mahd Sports Academy will offer the education and training for future stars of Taekwondo to compete at our major competitions.”


Designated as a Regional Training Center in April 2022, Riyadh’s Mahd Sports Academy aims to develop talented youth athletes in the Kingdom. With world-class facilities, the center will play a key role in boosting the development of Taekwondo in Saudi Arabia.


The world’s first World Taekwondo Regional Training Center was designated in 2008 in Beijing, China with cities across the world to follow, including: Baku, Azerbaijan; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Tehran, Iran; Shenzhen, China; Friedrichshafen, Germany; Manchester, Great Britain; Muju, Korea; Rijeka, Croatia; Rome, Italy; Wuxi, China and Lalitpur, Nepal.