ADWPJJC 2020 returns to Abu Dhabi in November

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ABU DHABI — The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJFF) has announced that the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) 2020 will be held from Nov. 18-21 at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in the UAE capital.

The 12th edition of the largest and most prestigious event on the global jiu-jitsu calendar was scheduled to run in April, however, the outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in the postponement of live sport worldwide.

The UAEJFF pioneered a return to live competitive sport in the Middle East in May with a closed training camp and two competitions for the country’s elite athletes, and ADWPJCC 2020 has now been confirmed for its November showcase.

The championship will take place in adherence to stringent local and federal health and safety guidelines with the wellbeing of athletes, officials, and support staff being the top priority.

The Masters and Professional events will take place across the four-day showpiece event. The Masters (athletes over 30) will take to the mats on Nov. 18 with the Professional competition running from Nov. 19-21.

“Over the past three months, we have successfully organised several championships and training camps with the highest regard for safety of everyone involved, the entire jiu-jitsu community and wider society. We now have a tried and tested comprehensive set of protocols that ensures health and safety during a championship scenario.

“That experience gained will enable the Federation to stage a successful 12th edition of ADWPJJC,” said Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, deputy chairman of the UAEJJF and head of the higher organizing committee of the championship.

“We have been overwhelmed by interest from the global jiu-jitsu community and staging ADWPJJC 2020 is another marker that contributes to underline Abu Dhabi’s position as the Jiu-Jitsu capital of the world.

“Persistence and a will to overcome challenges are in jiu-jitsu’s ethos and this championship demonstrates UAEJJF’s commitment to bring our beloved sport back in action.” — SG


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