Michael Haddad, UNDP Regional (Arab States) Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Action, World Record Holder, and Motivational Speaker, is planning to introduce a new category in the Asian Youth Para Games: '100 meter DASH' in Manama, Bahrain, using a new performance method - The Swing-Through Gait (STG) technique. This is a unique accomplishment since the general norm for athletes with Spinal Cord injuries today is to compete using sports-specific wheelchairs only.
Dr. Elie Jacque Fares, Assistant Professor at the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department(NFSC), and Dr. Omar Obeid, Professor and Chairperson of NFSC, are part of an international team working with Mr. Haddad on his overall physical performance. They organized several training sessions and are currently handling the 'sports nutrition' part of this project.
Training preparation was a joint effort of people from FAFS-AUB, Charles Hostler Student Center-AUB, and Youth Leadership Program-UNDP.