Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed with the Emirati athletes at Qasr Al Bahr Majlis. WAM
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan received the Emirati winners of the jiu-jitsu competition at the World Games 2022, which held in Birmingham, US state of Alabama, board of directors of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and sponsors of the game.
During the meeting, which took place at Qasr Al Bahr Majlis, President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed congratulated the UAE champions Faisal Al Ketbi, Muhammad Al Suwaidi and Shamma Al Kalbani for their remarkable sports achievements and wished them and their fellow athletes success in harvesting more gold medals. He also congratulated the board of directors of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and commended their efforts in developing the martial art.
The President also expressed his thanks and appreciation to the success partners as well as to all personalities and sponsors of the sport of Jiu-Jitsu for the support they provide to the athletes, which had a positive impact on the results achieved and the spread of this sport.
For its part, the delegation expressed its deep thanks and gratitude to His Highness the President for the attention he paid to jiu-jitsu athletes, in particular, and the sports sector in general, in the country, which provides an incentive to continue gain more achievements, represent the country in the best image and consolidate its position on the global sports landscape.
UAE champion Faisal Al Ketbi won the gold medal in the 85kg weight category, while Muhammad Al Suwaidi claimed the silver medal in the 69kg category, and Shamma Al Kalbani won the bronze medal in the 63kg category - the first Emirati female to win a medal at the World Games.
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