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Wed 07-02-2018 23:37 PM

Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship returns to Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 7th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) has announced that the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the largest event on the Jiu-Jitsu world calendar, will take place on April 16th. The announcement came through an official press conference organised by UAEJJF in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, February 7th, where it highlighted the schedule of events for 2018.

As the Championship’s organiser, UAEJJF announced that this season's edition will be exceptional and unique as it celebrates 10 years of successes and excellence at both local and international levels. The Federation also announced an unprecedented participation of local, regional and international players. Hence, over the course of 13 days, the Championship will be bringing together the most famous names in Jiu-Jitsu at the Mubadala Arena, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

A number of dignitaries, including Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Advisor for Abu Department of Education and Knowledge's Chairman, Khalil Al Saffar, Head of Head of Production and Operations at the Abu Dhabi Sports Channels, , Fouad Darwish, Palms Sports, Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Executive Director, Retail, Emaar Properties, Saed Hijazi, Assistant General Manager Sales for Jaguar Land Rover - Premier Motors, Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, CEO of UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, as well as a host of local and international media and some of the top Jiu-Jitsu champions, attended the conference.

During the press conference, UAEJJF highlighted details around planned celebrations. The celebrations are to celebrate a championship that saw the rise of some of the most prominent names in Jiu-Jitsu.

Abdulmunem Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, said "Today, we are celebrating 10 years of success and creativity, and the graduation of generations of champions on and off the mat. The Championship’s 10th anniversary coincides with the Year of Zayed, which is a precious opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the noble values and principles instilled by the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is also an opportunity to express our gratitude and commitment to build strong future generations,"

The Championship will launch with the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival on April 16th-21st which will be dedicated to the following categories: Juniors, Teens 10-17 years, People of Determination of various categories, Adult White-belts and Masters of all belt categories. The Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship will be held on April 22nd-23rd, while the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship will take place from April 24th to 27th, followed by the final round of Black and Brown belts on April 28, ending the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

This year's championship will witness the participation of players in the Para-Jiu-Jitsu category during the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival. This is an indication of the interest of the UAE and the UAEJJF towards the disabled athletes and players by providing opportunities for them to compete for international titles.

This year's Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship will witness a new and strong addition to the competition, the "King of the Mat" competition at the Mubadala Arena on the last day of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship. Winners of the last nine editions along with this year’s winner will face each other to compete for the title.

According to UAEJJF, the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship Award will be announced on April 29th The Federation will celebrate the best Jiu-Jitsu talents and entities that go to extra lengths in supporting the sport at a special ceremony honouring them for the 2017-2018 season.

During the conference, UAEJJF officials revealed that the total value of cash prizes is estimated at more than AED4 million.

 

WAM/Tariq alfaham/Hatem Mohamed

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