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IMMAF Youth World Championships in Abu Dhai features over 800 athletes

The championship will be held in the UAE capital for the third consecutive year.

The championship will be held in the UAE capital for the third consecutive year.

Preparations for the 2024 edition of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation   (IMMAF) Youth World Championships, scheduled from Aug.6–10 at Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City, are in full swing the organising committee for the event has announced.

The championship, which gathers more than 800 up-and-coming athletes from 45 countries, will be held in the UAE capital for the third consecutive year, confirming the confidence of continental and international sports bodies and federations in Abu Dhabi as a leading destination for organizing tournaments according to the best international standards.

 Ahead of the event, the committee emphasised its efforts to ensure the event meets world-class standards and lives up to the expectations of athletes and fans worldwide.

In 2021, the tournament attracted 331 athletes from 23 countries, while the 2022 edition saw about 500 competitors from 42 countries. The previous year’s edition in 2023 had a record participation of 700 male and female athletes, representing 45 countries.

Taking place over five days, the next generation of MMA athletes will compete in three categories: 12 to 13-year-olds (Youth C), 14 to 15-year-olds (Youth B), and 16 to 17-year-olds (Youth A).

In 2022, the UAE National Team made an impressive debut in the championship with 28 athletes, securing 4 medals, including one gold, one silver, and two bronze, positioning the country as a leading contender among Arab teams.

Last year, the number of UAE athletes rose to 40, marking a historic achievement as they clinched 12 medals, including 4 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze. Fahad Al Hammadi (Youth A/70.3 kg division), Ghala Al Hammadi (Youth B/40 kg division), Saif Alblooshi (Youth C/40 kg division), and Zamzam Al Hammadi (Youth B/52 kg division) were among the gold medallists for the hosts.

This year, the team comprises 50 athletes who will undergo intensive training camps over the next few weeks to enhance their mental and physical readiness and refine their techniques under the guidance of international coaches.

IMMAF president Kerrith Brown spoke of his excitement at returning to the UAE for yet another record-breaking edition of the IMMAF World Youth Championships, as he expects the level of the athletes to increase following the introduction of continental youth tournaments in the past year.

‘’Returning to Abu Dhabi is always a pleasure for us. The level of commitment of the entire team is truly inspiring.

“We are happy to report another record-breaking attendance number for this year. We are excited to continue to build a safe pathway for youngsters to develop as athletes and human beings.

“Everyone can expect increased efforts from the IMMAF to continue making safeguarding a priority as we expand our youth tournaments around the globe’’.

Mohammed Bin Dalmouk Al Dhaheri, board member of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation and Chairman of the Federation’s Mixed Martial Arts Committee, emphasised the commitment of the UAE and Abu Dhabi to deliver another outstanding event, building on the success of the previous two editions, which were widely praised by athletes, fans, and the mixed martial arts communities around the world.

“With less than two months remaining until the largest event that MMA fans worldwide look forward to, we are working hard to ensure that this edition comes out in the best possible way.

“The previous two editions saw great success and contributed to solidifying Abu Dhabi’s status as a much sought-after destination for major sporting events,” Al Dhaheri said.



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