More than 700 competitors from over 40 different countries will be in the capital city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from March 2-4 for the World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
(UAEJJF), the host country will send 51 participants amoung the under-18 and under-21 categories.
The weigh-ins will start on March 1 and 2, with the official ceremony beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. UAE time.
“This is one of the most important world sport championships,” Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, JIF president said in a press release. “The future of any sport relies on its youth. Therefore, the JJIF values this championship for its active role in raising awareness about the importance of Jiu-Jitsu and fostering its position on the international sports arena.
“The UAE’s hosting of this championship is testament to its leading position and international capabilities within Jiu-Jitsu and its ability to organise local and international championships,” Theodoropoulos continued. “We are confident in the UAE’s capacities to host this event in accordance with the highest global regulatory levels and standards, despite the large numbers of participants expected to arrive in such a short period of time.”
According to Theodoropoulos, country participation has increased 30 per cent compared to the previous tournament held in Athens, Greece. Participatory countries include Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Thailand, Austria, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Iran, Ukraine, Hungary, Sweden, Morocco, Spain, and Russia.
“The World Youth Championship will display all the hard work undertaken by the UAEJJF and its strategic partners in cooperation with the JJIF, to strengthen the country’s status as a global hub for hosting world sporting events,” added Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAEJJF, president of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and senior vice president of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation.
The tourney will be aired locally on the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel network, other television channels and online platforms.