ABU DHABI, -- Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, last night received the delegation of the National Youth Jiu-Jitsu Team on their return to the country after participating in the World Youth Championship in the Greek capital, Athens, where they succeeded in winning 13 medals.

He congratulated the team for their excellent performance in the championship, and conveyed to them the regards of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for achieving the wonderful results in this important international championship.

"You are the sons of Zayed, who walk in the footsteps of the Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, and in the footsteps of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the glory of the UAE. You are a source of pride for the country and an example to be followed in hard work, perseverance, discipline and strong will," he said.

The delegation was also received by Abdul Moniem Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, and Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, and Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, Executive Director of the Federation.

Al Hashimi dedicated this achievement to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the first patron of sports in the UAE, especially Jiu-Jitsu.

The team won seven gold medals, four silvers and two bronze medals in the championship, which took place between 17th and 19th March.

The UAE champions produced a highly competitive performance, and the gold medals were won by Mohamed Abdullah Al Darmaki in the 46 kilogramme (kg) category, Salem Sultan Al Dhaheri in the 50kg category, Hamad Mohamed Al Balushi in the 55kg category, Khalifa Humaid Al Kaabi in the 60kg category, Humaid Yasser Al Kaabi in the 66kg category, Khalifa Murad Al Balushi in the 56kg category, and Zayed Al Mansouri in the 62kg category.

The silver medals went to Obaid Al Nuaimi in the 56kg category, Saeed Al Marzouei in the 62kg category, Omar Mohamed Al Fadli in the 55kg category and Mansour Al Neyadi in the 81kg category, while the two bronze medals were won by Saeed Al Hajj in the 77kg category, and Ali Al Banai in the 85kg category.

Source: Emirates News Agency