Abu Dhabi, UAE – 24 April, 2016: On a glamorous evening dedicated to commemorating what has been an incredible year for the sport of Jiu-Jitsu, and the biggest and best Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship to date, held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and attended by His Highness Sheikh Diab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to celebrate the players.
As part of the expanded programme, and new to this years’ Championship, the Awards Ceremony is just one of the exciting additions that has seen the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship bring the UAE and the Jiu-Jitsu world to life. In both the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Youth Championship and the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, more than 6,500 players young and old, from more than 100 countries made their mark and battled courageously for World Champion status.
Held the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, the first-ever Awards were honored with the attendance of His Highness Sheikh Diab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Zayed Khalifa bin Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, Member of the Executive Council and President of Police Sports Union, and His Excellency Jaber Mohammed Ghanem Al Suwaidi, the General Director of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi and Executive Director - Protocol Division at Court of the Crown Prince - Court of the Crown Prince.
Recognized for their incredible efforts and achievements in 2015/16, the winners of the 2016 Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards are as follows:
• Nasser Saeed Barshid – UAE National Male Player of the Year
• Shefaa Moosa Hasan – UAE National Female Player of the Year
• Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club – UAE National Sport Club of the Year
• Al Maqam School – UAE National School of the Year
• Marcos Oliveira – Best Black Belt Master 1 Male Player of the Year
• Tayane Araujo – Best Black/Brown Belt Female Player of the Year
• Nicholas Meregali – Best Brown Belt Male Player of the Year
• Erberth de Mesquita – Best Black Belt Male Player of the Year
• GFTEAM – Best International Academy of the Year
Wrapping up the evening, HE Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, said:
“This is a wonderful moment to be able to host and recognize top talent not only from the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, but also from across the year in sport. It was especially wonderful for us to take this moment and thank the fans and players from across the globe and our esteemed sponsors, without whom we would not be able to hold such an exceptional event.”
He added, “This ceremony truly was able to give the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2016 a fitting send-off as it once again cements Abu Dhabi’s status as the global capital of Jiu-Jitsu.”
The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2016 is proudly supported by:
Official Partner: International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC)
Official Airline: Etihad Airways
Exclusive Automotive Partner: Premier Motors and Land Rover
Official Media Partner: Abu Dhabi Media
Diamond Sponsors: Abu Dhabi Police, Al Masaood Group and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Exclusive Healthcare Partner: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)
Gold Sponsors: United AlSaqer Group, Dolphin Energy Limited and Emirates Global Aluminum, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Palms Sports
Silver Sponsors: Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC), Al Khaja Holding, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and Tawazun.