(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
by Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Executive Director of the Emirates News Agency, WAM
ABU DHABI, 21st April, 2019 (WAM) -- The 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which saw the participation of well over 100 countries, was an eloquent manifestation of the UAE's spirit of human fraternity. It epitomised the UAE's position as a hub of tolerance that radiates optimism about harmonious ties among peoples of the world.
Although it was a martial arts championship in the strict sense of the term, the inclusion of Para jiu-Jitsu imparted a humane dimension to the event. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has granted his patronage to the event during the past ten years. It has now become an event synonymous with creativity and a source of inspiration for local and international accomplishment.
The institutional efforts that went into the hosting of the event and into creating awareness about its goals enhanced its value and humanised its meaning.
The UAE institutions have presented the Championship as a global platform for the participants to develop their sporting prowess, augment their self-confidence and deal with others based on equality.
The strong start of the Championship at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City sent out several humane messages from the UAE to the rest of the world.
The festival of Jiu-Jitsu that provides a platform for children and adults alike from the level of white belt (early level of learning the martial art) and the opportunities for the highly motivated underscored the global import of the event. Likewise, the felicity with which the volunteers whose numbers rose to 100 handled their duties is reassuring. It points to the fact that the work will continue until the culmination of the 2018-19 season on 26th April at the same level of high efficacy as at the start.
The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship has accomplished much during the past decade. That it has now reached its 11th edition is an emphatic pointer to the originality and credibility of the UAE's humane message. The UAE is an exemplar of happiness and tolerance. It accords all people who are motivated the right to live their lives in a healthy and dynamic fashion.
The UAE was established on the firm foundations of tolerance, collaboration and harmony. It is based on respect for all peoples of the world. The patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the event is reminiscent of the great legacy left behind by the founding father the late Sheikh Zayed. He had made tolerance the basic pillar of his vision so the future generations will reap its fruits, stressing the stature of Abu Dhabi as the capital of ideas, sports and human culture.