ABU DHABI, 22nd February, 2023 (WAM) -- The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Team, sponsored by Mubadala Investment company, landed in Bangkok on Monday, three days before the start of the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Championship.
The squad travelled to Thailand from Sydney after participating in a training camp to get themselves ready for the competition, which will take place from February 24th to 28th with the participation of players from 37 countries.
Led by Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Deputy Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, the UAE's delegation includes Mubarak Al Menhali, Director of the Technical Department of the UAEJJF; and Ramon Lemos, coach of the national team, in addition to the players. The team is finishing up its preparations for the competitions scheduled for February 25th and 26th.
Al Dhaheri said, "We have confidence in our national team to win the championship title for the third straight year and solidify the UAE's leadership in the continent. The Asian championship is considered the most prominent continental championship, where our jiu-jitsu champions have always shone and secured medals."
Mubarak Al Menhali, Director of the UAEJJF's Technical Department, commented, "The Sydney camp was an important step in preparing the national team to compete at the highest level. This was one of the longest external camps for the team, and we were successful in producing fruitful outcomes. It has strengthened bonds between players and technical staff along with enhancing technical skills."
The players have developed the mental and physical fitness required to participate in the competition, according to Ramon Lemos, coach of the national team. "The national team will continue its training, learn more about potential opponents, and prepare the right strategy over the course of the following two days. This is one of training's most critical parts."
The Emirati champion Omar Al Suwaidi, who competes in the weight of 56 kg division, added, "We arrived in Bangkok with our goal to defend the title and raise the UAE flag on the podium. I have every faith that the golden team will recreate the happy moments we had in Manama, Birmingham, and Abu Dhabi last year."
The men's national team delegation includes Theyab Al-Nuaimi and Omar Al-Suwaidi (56 kg), Omar Al-Fadhli and Khaled Al-Shehhi (62 kg), Muhammad Al-Suwaidi and Sultan Jabr (69 kg), Faraj Al-Awlaki and Mahdi Al-Awlaki (77 kg), Saeed Al-Kubaisi and Faisal Al-Ketbi (85 kg), and Abdullah Al-Kubaisi and Hazza Farhan (94 kg).
The women's team includes Hamda Al-Shekheili and Aisha Al-Shamsi (45 kg), Balqis Abdul Karim and Hessa Al-Shamsi (48 kg), Asma Al-Hosani and Shamsa Al-Ameri (52 kg), Bashayer Al-Matroushi (57 kg), and Haya Al-Jahuri and Shamma Al-Kalbani weighed (63 kg), and Marwa Al-Hosani weighed (70 kg).