The athletes will showcase their skills in the Adults, Under 21, Under 18, and Under 16 age divisions at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship.
Under the patronage of Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship will be held in Abu Dhabi, from October 29 to November 8, reaffirming the emirate’s position as a global home for Jiu-Jitsu.
More than 2,000 male and female competitors from as many as 70 nations will participate in the tournament, organised by the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation and hosted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation. The athletes will showcase their skills in the Adults, Under 21, Under 18, and Under 16 age divisions.
Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAEJJF, president of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union, and senior vice president of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation expressed gratitude to His Highness for his limitless support to the sports and athletes in the UAE.
"Abu Dhabi keeps building on its successes and continues to organise and host major tournaments.
The Jiu-Jitsu International Federation now has unwavering confidence in Abu Dhabi's capacity to host events, as evidenced by the fact that the city will host the World Championship for the third consecutive year”.
"The generous support of Sheikh Khalid is a testament to the wise leadership's vision to create the ideal environment for the nation's talents to excel and achieve success in a wide range of local and international sporting events. The national team, on the other hand, has proven that they live up to the expectations with remarkable performance.”
The UAE national team has entered a crucial phase of preparation for the World Championship. “The national team members have the strength and determination to maintain their winning streak and retain the championship title. The World Games in July and their performance in Asian Bahrain in March are the best examples of their remarkable skills and significant progress of jiu-jitsu in the UAE,” he added.
Hundreds of competitors from various clubs and academies will take to the mats over the course of two days to show off their Jiu-Jitsu prowess and win attractive prizes.
Sheikh Mohamed’s unlimited support of the jiu-jitsu sport has further solidified UAE’s standing as the global home of jiu-jitsu by designating it as the country’s national sport.
The UAEJJF has put in place a series of stringent safety protocols to safeguard the health and wellness of all participants and coaching staff during the camps, the first of which will run from July 5-25, in the ongoing fight against COVID-19
Team Malaky had the early lead with goals from Khalifa Al Maktoum and Alex Soerensen. Allegra Kelly, the game's Most Valuable Player, scored two consecutive goals at the next chukker resulting in a win for Team Forsan.
The 25th edition of the annual $100,000 (Dhs 367,000) competition started off with qualifying round matches on Sunday, while the main round matches will get under way from Monday (December 5).
The first-day of the two-day festival welcomed fierce competition with elite athletes from both categories each conquering a number of challenging obstacles, including A-Frame Cargo, Atlas Carry and Ape Hanger.