First Round of Vice President Cup Championship To Kick-Off This Saturday in Abu Dhabi

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  • Al Dhaheri: “This championship allows us to discover new talent for the national team”
  • 16 clubs to compete for the coveted title in the 2018-19 season
  • UAEJJF to adopt a new technical system based on an open belt and weight-based system

Jiu-Jitsu fans in the UAE are gearing up for the launch of the new Vice President’s Cup championship this weekend. The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) has completed preparations for the inaugural edition of the Championship with the first round getting underway on 10th November at Al Jazira Sports and Cultural Club in Abu Dhabi.

The Vice President’s Cup Championship holds a special importance, as the cup is considered one of two national championships, allowing UAE sports club to compete to win one of the most coveted national titles; after the President’s Cup Championship.

This Championship will adopt a new technical system (open belt and weight-based) in three categories; male adults, youth U21’s, juniors U15’s, U16’s, and U17’s.

The Championship will feature similar rules to international championships; such as the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship to be held soon in Sweden. This will allow the players to become acquainted with the techniques implemented in international fights, and build their stamina to compete for international titles in future.

Promoting Competition

H.E. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of the UAEJJF, said: “The importance of the Vice President’s Cup Championship stems from the name it holds, and is great addition to this season’s roster. The Championship also complements the UAEJJF’s strategy of promoting Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE, elevating the UAE as a global hub for Jiu-Jitsu.”

Adding further, Al Dhaheri said: “The Championship will promote fierce competition amongs local clubs. It also supports our mission of discovering local talent and ensuring they’re capable of competing in the national team and participating at international championships.”

Al Dhaheri emphasised the popularity of Jiu-Jitsu on a national level and underlined the intensive work and preparation the sport requires.

A Returning Chance

In addition to the exhilarating nature of the Championship, due to the sheer number of matches, the UAEJJF has adopted a new system called “Second Chance” which allows the losing player a chance to compete for a bronze medal in one last match before being eliminated.

The UAEJJF previously adopted an awards system, which rewarded the top three clubs with a financial prize, based on the total points scored in the three rounds of the Championship.

The Championship Cup

The UAEJJF designed a special cup for the championship, representing its importance. The cup will be presented to the winning team after the final round is held in Dubai.

Upcoming Rounds

The first round of the Vice President’s Cup will be followed by two further rounds. The UAEJJF will organise the second round in Fujairah in January 2019. The third round of the Championship will be held in Dubai in next March.

Continued Support from Partners

Strategic and Media Partners continue their support of all the championships. The Vice President Cup championship sponsored by many strategic partners; including Abu Dhabi Media, the Official Media Partner; Palms Sports, Strategic Partner; Emaar, the Lifestyle Developer; Premier Motors and Land Rover, the Exclusive Automotive Partners; Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, the Official Sports Channel; Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the Diamond Partner; ADNOC, the Energy Partner; Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Government Partner; and SEHA, the Healthcare Partner. This is in addition to the Gold Partners which include: Dolphin Energy, Aafaq Islamic Financing, Al Masaood Automobiles, Cavallo, ADASI, Emirates Global Aluminium, and the Department of Culture and Tourism. The Supporting Partners are: Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge. The Silver Partners are: United Al Saqer Group and Al-Ittihad, the Official Arabic Newspaper. All the partners help to raise awareness and interest in Jiu-Jitsu, ensuring audiences are kept up-to-date with all the news.

An Exciting Season

In addition to the events in pipeline, the UAEJJF is planning other championships; including the Martyr Championship 22-24 November. The second round of Mother of Nation Championship will be held in December. The second round of the President of the UAE Cup will be held on 14-15 December, while Dubai International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship on 28-29 December.

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