UAE jiu-jitsu stars Ketbi and Shamma win gold at Asian Games - GulfToday

UAE jiu-jitsu stars Ketbi and Shamma win gold at Asian Games


UAE's Faisal Al Ketbi on the podium after winning the men’s 85kg final at the Asian Games.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The UAE jiu-jitsu national team, sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company, continued to shine at the Asian Games. On Saturday, the final day of the jiu-jitsu competitions in Hangzhou, Faisal Al Ketbi and Shamma Al Kalbani claimed gold in their respective categories during the competitions held at Xiaoshan Linpu Gymnasium JJI, while Saeed Al Kubaisi bagged silver.

The UAE has topped the overall jiu-jitsu rankings at the Asian Games. With Saturday’s outstanding victories, the nation’s overall jiu-jitsu medal count at the Asian Games now stands at an impressive 10 medals, including four gold, three silver, and three bronze.

In 2018, the UAE won a total of nine medals, including two gold, five silver, and two bronze.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC), congratulated the Jiu-Jitsu national team for their historic achievement. Sheikh Ahmed also commended the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s efforts in promoting the sport and creating top athletes who represent the nation in the best way in all sporting events.

Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union, and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation, also congratulated the UAE delegation on their great achievement, as he extended the highest expressions of thanks and gratitude for the UAE leadership for their constant support for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the country.

“I want to appreciate the champions and their families because they made many sacrifices for this achievement, and we must know that four gold medals out of 10 medals did not come from nowhere but are the result of great support from the wise leadership and limitless sacrifices from coaches and players over many years, in camps, tournaments, and training.”

He also extended his gratitude to the National Olympic Committee.

“Jiu-litsu provides a successful model and a distinctive experience for UAE sports, as it trusted the sons and daughters of the country, gave them opportunities and support, and is now reaping the fruits.” Hashemi added.

On the other hand, Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Deputy Chairman of the UAEJJF and head of the UAE delegation to the Asian Games, lauded the team.

He emphasised that the technical staff and players had a clear vision and a deep understanding of the magnitude of their responsibilities.

Shamma-win-Jiujitsu-Gold-750x450Shamma Al Kalbani celebrates after winning gold.

Dhaheri also highlighted the remarkable strength and techniques displayed by Emirati players, notably Asma Al Hosani, Shama Al Kalbani, Balqis Al Hashemi, and Shamsa Al Ameri, especially in the face of fierce competition where results remained uncertain until the final moments.

Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the UAE and Asian Jiu-Jitsu Federations, underlined the strong support from the Asian Federation and the Olympic Council of Asia. He noted the participation of officials from 28 countries and 10 medal-winning nations, underscoring the sport’s global development and strength. Jiu-jitsu is thriving in countries such as South Korea, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Thailand, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Mongolia, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. He also expressed appreciation for China’s exceptional organization and successful hosting.

In the Men’s -85Kg Final, Faisal Al Ketbi demonstrated his prowess, defeating the Republic of Korea’s Heeseoung Kim by an advantage. This remarkable victory marked Al Ketbi’s second gold at the Asian Games, with his first gold achieved in Jakarta in 2018. In the same weight division, the UAE’s Saeed Al Kubaisi secured a bronze medal by defeating Sagdeev Ruslan of Kyrgyzstan in his final match of the day, further bolstering the UAE’s impressive performance.

Ketbi dedicated the medal to the wise leadership of the UAE. “The country that flew into space and reached the top in many fields deserves to be at the forefront in sports.”

In the women’s -63Kg Final, Shamma showcased her exceptional skills by defeating Kira Sung of South Korea. She secured victory by points.

“I was ready to compete for gold in that tournament as of last year, as it was scheduled to be held in 2022, but postponing it for a year gave me a greater opportunity to prepare perfectly, and the federation, spared no effort in providing us with full support from camps, and internal and external tournaments that brought us to the top of the technical, physical, and mental levels before entering the tournament atmosphere,” added Kalbani.

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