REFEREES HAIL INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AS GLOBAL JIU-JITSU COMPETITORS CHASE ABU DHABI DREAMS

  • 24 / Apr / 2019

Athletes from more than 100 countries impress Championship officials

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE – April 24, 2019: Referees officiating numerous competitions in this week’s Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) 2019 - held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces - have declared the international quality of athletes as the “best field ever assembled” in the UAE capital.

After hundreds of completed matches in the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival, Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship and Abu Dhabi World Masters Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Head Referee Alexandre Nascimento, from Porto Alergre in South Brazil, maintained the standard of athletes from countries as diverse as Brazil, Australia, Russia, Kazakhstan, France, the U.S.A and scores of other nations, is the highest in the 11-year history of the ADWPJJC.

“I’ve been the Head Referee for all competitions in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu since 2012 and the standard is amazing – this is the biggest competition in the world in terms of the number and level of athletes,” said Nascimento, 38. “All the top-level athletes in all age groups want to come here because Abu Dhabi is on the wish-list for jiu-jitsu athletes from all over the world. Whether you are a beginner or a world champion, being a champion in Abu Dhabi is the pinnacle of the sport.”

Referee Ibrahim Al Hosani, from the UAE, has officiated in four consecutive editions of ADWPJJC and also believes the quality of athletes this year highlights how the various competitions continue to improve year-on-year.

“The world of jiu-jitsu is constantly improving and the standard gets higher ever year in this competition,” said Al Hosani, a three-time world champion at multiple belts who is also a coach at Ajman Jiu-Jitsu Club. “My students are training hard to keep up with the quality of athletes coming from all over the world - it is not easy, but we have to try.”

With thousands of athletes speaking different languages, Nascimento, who is overseeing a team of 60 referees at ADWPJJC 2019 - a pool comprising 42 male and 18 female referees - believes the universal language of jiu-jitsu is the key to fair competition on the mats.

“We cannot talk to the athletes, we can only say ‘start’ to begin a fight, ‘stop’ to end a fight, and ‘fault’ to signal a penalty – this is all we say in the middle. We are free to talk to and educate the kids if we want, but we stick to the three word rule for professionals to make it fair to all competitors on the mats. The international language of jiu-jitsu is enough.”

UAEJJF praise Championship referees

Having amassed referees from Brazil, Ecuador and the UAE for 11th annual edition of the biggest event on the sport’s global calendar, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, the organiser of ADWPJJC 2019, believes the standard of refereeing is further elevating the success of the Championship.

“While we focus on securing quality athletes for all competitions, our expert referees play a vital role in assessing the contests and creating a sense of fair competition on the mats – we thank the referees for their hard work and support,” said Mohammed Hussein Al Marzooqi, Director of Marketing and Finance at the UAEJJF and Director of the ADWPJJC.

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