The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) today announced the 12th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) will launch on April 6th under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, from April 6-9 at Abu Dhabi’s Jiu-Jitsu Arena.
The announcement came om a virtual news conference wherein the UAEJJF shed extensive light on the proceedings of the championship, which coincides with the declaration of 2021 Year of the 50th”, in the UAE by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as the nation celebrates its milestone Golden Jubilee. “Year of the 50th” officially starts on April 6th 2021 and lasts until March 31st 2022.
UAEJJF, the governing body for the sport in the UAE and organisers of the ADWPJJC, said all its board and members are grateful for Sheikh Mohamed’s constant support, visionary guidance, and encouragement towards the development of the sport.
The event comes to perpetuate UAE’s standing as the home of jiu-jitsu by designating it as the country’s national sport.
The news conference was attended by Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Deputy Chairman of the UAEJJF, Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the UAEJJF along with a senior executives from Abu Dhabi Media, and Abu Dhabi Health Services, Co. – SEHA.
The four-day Championship, whose awards amount to AED2.7 million, is open to athletes of all nationalities and will feature action in a variety of categories from April 6-9. The showpiece tournament will kick-off on Tuesday, April 6 with junior athletes (under-18, under-21) taking to the mats followed by the Masters competition on April 7 in Zayed Sports City. The final two days of the Championship will see fighters competing in the Professional category in action.
The ADWPJJC is the largest and most prestigious event on the global jiu-jitsu calendar. The 12th edition of the ADWPJJC, earlier scheduled to be held in April 2020 but rescheduled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, will welcome over athletes from around the world for a week of exhilarating action on the mats.