The Al Ain International Under-18 Jiu-Jitsu Championship concluded with the hosts winning the male category.
Al Ain Club dominated the scene and won the top ranking with 1,733 points. The Garden City outfit clinched 34 golds, 21 silvers and 22 bronze medals.
Al Wahda came second with 1,634 points courtesy of 22 golds, 28 silvers and 29 bronze medals, while Ajman finished third with 1,269 points and eight golds, four silvers and bronzes.
Abdullah Al Neyadi father of twin boys – Amer and Ali, who won gold and silver medals, said: “This is my boys’ first participation in Al Ain, but it’s not their first tournament.
“The UAEJJF, coaches and technical staff are all working hard to develop and upgrade the game and support the rising talent.”
He added: “Playing Jiu-Jitsu has positively affected the personality of his sons and made them respect their competitors and seek new challenges, as well as grown their self-confidence and respect.”
Rashid Khalid Khamis, winner of a 46kg bronze medal, who beat his Canadian counterpart in a great game that attracted the attention of the fans, said: “Today, thank God, I performed well, despite my muscle strain but I managed to get a medal. I’m proud of this win which is the result of training and lots of effort; I will start preparing for the martyr tournament right today.”
Speaking of the tournament, Ahmed Ateeq Al Shamsi, regional manager, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, said: “Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most important sporting events in the UAE. We have seen a very special championship these past days, amidst great organization and strong competition amongst rising champions, in yet another illustration of the success and excellence of the UAEJJF. We wish all the players success moving forward, and look forward to more prosperous championships as the UAEJJF always promises.”
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