DUBAI, More than 300 of the country's best grapplers, both Emirati and expatriates, were at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex on Thursday, competing for honours in 31 different categories of the NAS Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
Competitions were held in five different categories: Juvenile Male, Juvenile Female, Male Adult, Female Adult and Male Master. Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, and Yousef Al Batran, a Board member of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, were at the venue to present the top three in each category with their medals, in the presence of Adil Yousif Albannay, Chairman of the NAS Sports Tournament's Technical Committee.
Al Batran said, "We, the Jiu-Jitsu fraternity, are really happy to be a part of the NAS Sports Tournament for a second year because this tournament enjoys a great reputation, not just domestically but internationally as well.
"I would like to thank H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, for giving Jiu-Jitsu this great platform to expand its base in the country and to take the sport to a wider audience."
"Through the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, and other local events, the federation has been able to find many new talents, who have strengthened the ranks of the national teams. Additionally, this tournament is great preparation for a busy season ahead, which includes the 4thAsian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from 14th to 22nd July, 2019," he added.
Source: Emirates News Agency