ABU DHABI, 9 November (BelTA - Emirates News Agensy). - After eleven days of complete dominance, the UAE stands alone atop the chart with the most gold medals at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship held at Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City. The national team, sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company, staged solid performances across divisions to finish first, bagging a staggering collection of 63 medals, including 26 gold, 17 silver, and 20 bronze.
As the 27th edition of the championship, held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, came to a stunning conclusion on Tuesday, the UAE emerged champions for a third time in a row, outperforming Kazakhstan, and Germany which secured second and third places respectively.
Today's competitions were attended by Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, President of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation; Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, President of the UAE and Asian Federations, and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation; Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation; Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the UAE and Asian Federations; Dr. Marwan Ali Al Kaabi, Executive Director of the Infrastructure Department at Pure Health, and a number of heads of continental and national federations.
Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of the Asian Ju-Jitsu Union, and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his unwavering support of sports in general and especially Jiu-Jitsu.
“The visionary leadership's limitless support was a major factor in the UAE national team's outstanding achievement at the World Championship," he said.
Al Hashemi also thanked H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, for his generous patronage, which he referred to as the cornerstone of the event's success.
“As the curtain for the World Championship comes down, we bid farewell to delegations, representatives, and athletes from 70 different nations and express our desire to reunite them in the UAE,” he said.
"Our happiness is multiplied today as Abu Dhabi shows to the world that it is the perfect location for hosting the biggest sporting events of all kinds. The fact that the national team has garnered an unprecedented number of medals calls for even more joy and celebration. It demonstrates the successful future we have ahead of us,” Al Hashemi added.
The JJIF President, Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, complimented the UAE for hosting the championship for a third consecutive year. “Hosting the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship for three consecutive years is an accomplishment that may never be repeated in another city in the entire world, not to mention the unique global standards Abu Dhabi has adopts in hosting major sports events. It will be an ardent task for future host cities to organise a similar event,” he said.
“Abu Dhabi and the UAE are synonymous with success and creativity. This was evident in the previous World Championships and this one. I want to express my gratitude to President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his unwavering support of jiu-jitsu” he added.
On the side-lines of the competitions on Tuesday, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UAE jiu-jitsu federation and Jiu-Jitsu Federations of Bahrain, Morocco and Israel. The agreement involves several key factors aimed at developing the sport in all four countries and hosting events.
Eli Poplinger, board member of the Israeli Jiu-Jitsu Federation, said, “The agreement will boost the friendship between the nations."
“The MoU we signed today stands for peace and friendship. We want to show the world how jiu-jitsu can contribute to the friendly relationships between all the countries,” he added.