Aiming to raise awareness on the importance of martial arts, as well as promoting sporting competitiveness among students, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, yesterday attended, at the Presidency Palace, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the Emirates National Schools and the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation.
The MoU, which was signed by Dr. Vedra and Al Muhairi, aims to include the sport of Muay Thai sport in the activities of the Emirates National Schools, due to its effectiveness in terms of physical and personal training, by organising weekly tournaments that will be supervised by skilled competitors and trainers.
The Emirates National Schools are the first in the country to include the sport as part of their activities, which will benefit 10,500 students.
The signing was attended by Ahmed Mohammed Al Humairi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates National Schools; Abdullah Saeed Al Niyadi, Chairman of the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation; Dr. Abdullah Al Maghrabi, Chairman of the Schools Executive Committee, Dr. Kenneth Vedra, Director-General of the Emirates National Schools; Mohammed Khalifa Al Hameli, Deputy Director-General for Administrative Affairs, and Tarik Hazeem Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Federation, along with several officials from both sides.
His Highness commended the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation for building solid foundations for the sport in the country, and contributing to building a society that enjoys a high level of health, knowledge and culture.
Being one of the most competitive and martial arts disciplines, Muay Thai aims to develop a spirit of loyalty, belonging to the nation and leadership of all generations, promoting national identity, and spreading sportsmanship and fair play.