ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates National Jiu-Jitsu Team put in another outstanding performance on Day 6 of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, winning four more medals, including one gold, one silver and two of bronze.
In adult competitions held at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City, the team, sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company, improved its tally to 29 medals in total.
Khaled Al-Shehhi took gold in the All-Emirati final in the 62kg category while Omar Al-Fadhli took silver. They were joined on the podium by Hessa Al-Shamsi (48kg) and Saeed Al-Kubaisi (85kg) with bronze medals.
Praising the performance of the UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Team, UAEJJF Board Member Youssef Al Batran said, “We are proud of this generation of champions who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment, self-confidence and fearlessness of the opponents, as they take on the mighty rivals from different parts of the world.The will and determination of our athletes are unmatched.They have an uncompromising desire to improve the country’s medal tally and retain the title.
Marwan Ali Al-Kaabi noted that the championship provided an ideal environment for both players and spectators.
“As partners of the UAEJJF, we are committed to promoting the sport which is becoming more and more popular among the Emirati community and all over the world. We will not hesitate to lend any form of support for the advancement jiu-jitsu in the country and cementing Abu Dhabi’s position as the sports capital of the world,” he said.
Al-Shehhi’s gold medal boosted the national team’s chances of retaining the world championship title won last year.
“It’s an amazing tournament. I’m happy that I was able to win all five fights today. I’m so proud to represent the United Arab Emirates in the World Championship and to win the medal. I met my friend Omar Al-Fadhli in the final. I want to congratulate him for his outstanding performance today,” Al-Shehhi said after winning the gold medal.
Al-Fadhli, who is competing in his first world championship after earning the black belt, said, “I am incredibly proud of my brother Khaled for his outstanding performance today; he really deserves the medal. The United Arab Emirates are the big winner. I am very grateful to everyone who has supported us on this journey. I want to dedicate this medal to the visionary leadership of the UAE. Their boundless support is the best source of inspiration for us to move forward.
Christopher Mueller, coach of the German jiu-jitsu team, has predicted that his team will finish in the top three nations as the competition draws to a close. “My team is performing incredibly well; right now we’re ranked third overall in world championship medals. We all work as a team, we strive to improve, we have fun together and teamwork produces the expected results. he said.
“As a jiu-jitsu practitioner, I couldn’t be happier with how the sport of jiu-jitsu is developing.
If you compare the sport to what it was a few years ago and what it is now, you can see the change,” he added.
Similar sentiments were also expressed by Greece coach Dimitrios Marinakis, who praised the organizers for organizing such a “fantastic event”.
“The Greece team is clearly on fire; they were excellent on the mats and won numerous gold medals. Abu Dhabi is honestly a great host city, so glad we came here. We expect the team to be successful in the following competitions and win more medals,” he said.