Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
42 countries have confirmed their participation in the Abu Dhabi “50th” Grand Slam Judo Championship, organized by the Wrestling and Judo Federation under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and under the supervision of the International Federation. At the Ju Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City, the tournament draw ceremony will take place next Thursday, at Al Wahda Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi via video technology, with the participation of accredited team representatives.
The number of male and female players participating, after registration closed late yesterday evening, reached 234 from 42 countries, which are 3 Arab countries represented in the teams of the Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Morocco, in addition to the team of Japan, the defending champion and the first to arrive, and the teams of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, and Uzbekistan.
On the other hand, our national team started its training yesterday at Fatima Bint Mubarak Hall in Abu Dhabi, under the supervision of Japanese coach Ashida Koki, in preparation for the championship, and its list includes 10 players, Khalifa Al Hosani, who participates in the under 73 kg competitions, and Ali Hassan Al Darmaki in the over 100 weight category. , In addition to 8 young players under 20 years of age of different weights, they are Ahmed Jassim Al-Thamiri, Ali Al-Yamahi, Ahmed Faisal Al-Naqbi, Saeed Khamis Al-Naqbi, Mosbeh Al-Shamsi, Issa Al-Badri, Hareb Abdul Rahman Jumaa, Rashid Al-Hosani.
For his part, Marius Pfizer, President of the International Judo Federation, praised the UAE’s hosting of the Grand Slam Judo Championships for the year 2021, stressing his confidence in the Emirates Wrestling and Judo Federation headed by Muhammad bin Thaloub Al-Dari, providing all the requirements for success, and investing the accumulated experiences of the federation’s staff and volunteers, who contributed to the success of Past tournaments that won “Golden Excellence”.
He added: We have succeeded in the International Judo Federation in solidarity and cohesion during the difficult period of the Corona pandemic, and the Abu Dhabi tour coincides with several occasions in the Emirates of Peace, which were distinguished in the application of health protocols, which contributed to limiting the impact of the epidemic, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam as a continuation of the path of challenge and competition .