A jiu-jitsu squad of five athletes from the UAE, qualified for the Games, are hoping to build on a landmark performance at the 2017 Games in Warsaw, Poland. File
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE national jiu-jitsu team has arrived in Birmingham, Alabama, for the prestigious World Games 2022, the international multi-sports event held every four years.
The team started a light training regime on Wednesday in preparation for competition on Friday.
Considered a global showpiece for sports yet to be included in the Olympic Games, the 11th edition of the World Games is being held in the US. Started on July 7, the games will end on July 17.
It will feature approximately 3,600 participants from 100 nations competing across more than 30 sports.
A jiu-jitsu squad of five athletes from the UAE, qualified for the games, are hoping to build on a landmark performance at the 2017 Games in Warsaw, Poland. Last time out, the UAE’s Faisal Al Ketbi captured the gold medal in the under-94 kg category and there is a strong desire among the delegation to repeat the feat.
Ketbi, who this year competing in the 85kg category, will be joined by compatriots Muhammad Al Amri (77kg), Muhammad Al Suwaidi (69kg), Shamma Al Kalbani (63kg) and Balqees Abdelkareem (-48 kg).
The weigh-in of some 96 jiu-jitsu players will take place this Thursday, with the tournament following the next day. The competition for the open weight division will be held on Saturday.
Ramon Lemos, head coach of the UAE team said: “Our early arrival here and the establishment of our overseas training camp is all part of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s plan for maintaining the players’ readiness and concentration in the lead-up to the competition.
“The federation and the technical staff have complete faith in the national team’s players. Each has the skills necessary to outperform the finest players from across the world. Helping our athletes maintain optimum energy and a balanced state of mind so they can perform at their best is arguably our top priority. It’s certainly the biggest goal of our technical staff.”