The World Games Granted The UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Team A Warm Welcome On Their Arrival Home

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UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Team performed amazingly at the World Games and were rewarded and honored handsomely

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The World Games Granted The UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Team A Warm Welcome On Their Arrival Home

UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Team performed amazingly at the World Games and were rewarded and honored handsomely

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July 19th Dubai: The UAE national team landed in Dubai on the 18th of July after competing respectively at the eleventh edition of the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the most significant global multi-sport gatherings on the globe. The team was greeted at the airport by a powerful delegation led by the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, HE Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi. 

The national squad won 5 medals at the previously conducted championship, including gold in the 85 kg with Faisal Al Ketbi, silver in the 69 kg division, and open weight categories. Moreover, Shamma al Kalbani became the first Emirati female practitioner to win a title at the World Games, clinching two third place medals in the 63 kg and open weight classes.

“You set a role model for future generations that seek glory,” said HE Al Zeyoudi while congratulating the team members on their incredible achievements. 

“Secret behind the UAE jiu-jitsu team’s success in winning world championships like this is having a great vision, long-term strategic planning, and limitless support from the leadership.”

Vice Chairman of the UAEJJF, Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, was among the delegation at the airport to welcome the UAE representatives to the US. “The visionary leadership that believes in the outstanding qualities and capabilities of our players and their steadfast determination of not giving up is the reason behind every significant victory and strategic gain for our country’s sport,” he added.

Once in a lifetime moment

Faisal Al Ketbi showed his vast happiness at receiving such an opulent welcome. “These are joyous moments that we will always cherish. I want to dedicate this success to the wise leadership for their ongoing support of sportsmen and sports as well as the UAEJJF and the chairman, His Excellency Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi.”

“The achievement in Birmingham was the result of our continuous work for five years, specifically after achieving the gold medal in Warsaw in 2017.”

Executive Director of Operations at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Dr. Marwan Ali Al Kaabi, spoke on the matter, saying,: “We are thrilled about this excellent accomplishment. We take great pride in offering players and the UAEJJF’s events various healthcare support.”

Omar Muhamed Karmastaji, VP of General Services At ADNOC, was also a part of the delegation to receive the team home. “The support of the wise leadership and the excellent coordination across government institutions are the foundation for jiu-jitsu’s growth in the nation.”

Meanwhile, Ramon Lemos, the national jiu-jitsu team coach, stated: “The victory at the World Games was a direct result of their meticulous training. The winning mentality of the players gave them an advantage on the mats.”


In recognition of the team’s outstanding show at the Games, the International Vision Investments (IVI) announced a special award of Dh50,000, Dh30,000, and Dh20,000 for the gold, silver, and bronze medalists, respectively

Here is a list of the UAE delegation to welcome their national heroes home: 

HE Aref Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council; 

HE Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri Deputy Chairman UAEJJF, 

Sponsors form ADNOC, Ministry of Interior, SEHA, Emirates Red Crescent, Palms Sports, the General Authority of Sports, and the National Olympic Committee.

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