Abu Dhabi 13th April2014: With only one day to go until one of Abu Dhabi’s most exciting live sports events, the best Jiu-Jitsu fighters from around the world have arrived in the UAE capital ahead of the showpiece Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2014& World Jiu-Jitsu Children’s Cup, 15th-19th April 2014.
Held under the Patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, this year’s competition promises to be the best yet as the strongest line-up of Jiu-Jitsu fighters ever assembled prepare to battle for the prestigious title of ‘World Champion’ and an increased cash prize of AED 1.61 million.
The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, together with its Official Partner, the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), will host the world-class international event in Abu Dhabi – the capital of Jiu-Jitsu, at theFirst Gulf Bank Arena (FGB Arena), a ‘first of its kind’ facility located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
In its sixth edition under the theme ‘One World One Fight’, the tournament will see over 2,500 of the best male, female and children fighters from 71 countries competing in an expanded championship programme which runs over five thrilling days this year, furthering Abu Dhabi’s emergence as the global capital of Jiu-Jitsu.
H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation said,
“Today is another proud and momentous occasion forthe UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation as we warmly welcome the greatest fighters in the world to Abu Dhabi, each here to stake a claim to what has undoubtedly become one of the most important titles in the sport. Over the past five years this showpiece event has firmly established the UAE capital at the centre of Jiu-Jitsu globally.”
His Excellency added,
“In this our sixth year we have a stunning new home ready to showcase the very best of Abu Dhabi to the world and offer an outstanding spectacleto all.The stage is set for five memorable days and I would like to thankour generous sponsors who have honored the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation with their support. I would also like to encourage all fans and families to passionately support our UAE fighting heroes as they go into battle. It’s not to be missed.”
“IPIC is immensely proud to be the Official Partner of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Official Sponsor of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship,” said His Excellency, Khadem Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Managing Director of IPIC. “Jiu-Jitsu is a fantastic sport. Importantly, it unites our community across all ages and gender, fitting perfectly with our objective to support domestic and international sporting initiatives that bring benefit to our society.”
Mohammed Najeeb, Director of Abu Dhabi Sports Channels at Abu Dhabi Media, said,
“The annual championship has gained an impressive fan base and is among the fastest growing and played sports in the UAE. Abu Dhabi Sports Channels are keen to support the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and are proud to broadcast the championship to all our audiences in the UAE, the region and the world.”
“Our support of The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship reaffirms our belief in the importance of sport in building a healthy society and a generation of athletes capable of competing on the international stage.”
Mr. Talal Al Hashemi, Director of Technical Affairs Sports, Football Technical support Section, Abu Dhabi Sports Councilsaid,
“The Abu Dhabi Sports Council believes that the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the biggest events in Abu Dhabi. It reflects the ongoing success of Abu Dhabi in the international sporting arena. The tournament is an extension of ADSC’s vision and helps promote and disseminate the sporting culture in the UAE. We take pride in the participation of international caliber athletes and offer our continued support to make this a successful event.”
Excitement has been building with thousands of fans from home and abroad expected to attend the free family event and enjoy the extraordinary display of talent, skill and physical excellence offered by the ultimate fight experience.
More competitors, more categories, the largest ever prize fund, a host of off-mat activities to entertain all, including the guest appearance of UFC superstar Urijah Faber, and a star-studded line-up going all out to claim one of the most important titles in the sport, the stage is set for five memorable days.
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