ABU DHABI: As many as 600 competitors from 20 countries including UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Tunisia, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, France, UK, The Philippines, USA, Brazil, Australia, and Pakistan will compete in the upcoming Jiu-Jitsu Gulf Open Cup championship.
It will run from Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The announcement of the inaugural Jiu-Jitsu Gulf Open Cup championship was made at a press conference held the UAE Wrestling Judo and Kickboxing Federation premises on late on Sunday evening by Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, deputy chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAE J-JF) . Also present at the press briefing were UAE J-J F’s board members Fahad Ali and Yousef Al Batran.
The open event will include various categories and weights’ bouts including competitions for juniors (11-17 year-old) and a more than 500 students will compete in the first day of the event.
Actions of day 1 will be for the juniors and will start at Al Ain Sports Club in Al Ain on Jan.3 1 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, while day 2 and day 3 actions of the event will be held in Abu Dhabi for men’s and women’s competitions.
Dhaheri, while delivering the speech, extended his thanks and gratitude, and valued, the really great care and support offered by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the sports sectors and sportspersons in the UAE.
He emphasised that this care and support is the main momentum behind all remarkable achievements of UAE sports.
He also extended his thanks and gratitude to General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his limitless and continuous support to UAE Jiu-Jitsu sport and competitions, the matter that led UAE to be a pioneer country in this type of sport.