Wednesday, 19 May 2021 – 5:04 PM
Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu Association approves $ 1.575 million in prize money for the tournament.
– Tariq Al-Bahri: Restricting participation to the top 3 belts guarantees the strength of competition and excitement in the championship.
ABU DHABI, May 19, 2019 (WAM) – The Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu Association announced the addition of 3 new cities to the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam series next season, namely Beijing, Sao Paulo and Sydney, bringing the number of tournament rounds to 7 for the first time since its launch in the summer of 2015.
The association confirmed that an amount of 225 thousand dollars will be allocated in cash prizes to the winners in each of those rounds, bringing the total prize money to 1.575 million dollars and becoming the most expensive tournament in the world.
Tariq Al-Bahri, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu Association, revealed the schedule of the championship throughout the season and confirmed that the first round will be held in the American city of Miami on August 8, 2021, in the exhibition center hall at the city’s airport, after the great success achieved by the last version in the same place last season … indicating that the first place winner will get 2000 points in the annual classification, in addition to the prize money allocated to him.
And he said: “The second round will be held in Moscow on September 12, 2021, and the winners of the first places in its different categories for men and women will get 2000 points in the international classification as well as financial prizes, knowing that Russia has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world in this sport, and takes from The Abu Dhabi experience is a model for spreading and developing the game .. As for the third round, it will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 23 and 24, 2021, with the first place winners awarded 3000 points in the annual international classification in addition to the financial prize, while the fourth round will be in Beijing on the 12 December 2021, and winners of the first places in the various categories will be awarded 2000 points.
Al-Bahri added: “Sydney will also join the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam tours to host the fifth round on February 20, 2022, and by this it represents an important addition in a new continent that we enter for the first time, and the first-place winners will get 2000 points in the international annual classification in addition to the prize money, after Sydney.” We will be on a date with the London Grand Slam round that will be held on March 27, 2022, and the winners of the first places are awarded 2000 points in addition to the prize money, and the seventh and final round will be in Abu Dhabi on May 13 and 14, giving the first place winners 3000 points in the annual international classification in addition to To the prize money. ”
And about the new in the 2021/2022 edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam championship, Al-Bahri said: “In light of the instructions of His Excellency Abdul Moneim Al Hashemi, President of the Asian and Emirati Federations, First Vice President of the International Federation, and as a continuation of the focus on raising the quality of performance in the tournament, the entries were shortened to the top 3 belts for the first time. In the competitions, which are purple, brown and black, the addition of 3 new cities for the tours, which are São Paulo, Beijing and Sydney, represents a qualitative leap for the tournament by entering new horizons to achieve its goals in spreading and developing the game around the world, and establishing Abu Dhabi as a global capital for this sport that provides its services to all talents in various continents, as well as Giving the UAE champions the opportunity to interact with all the schools in the game around the world and gain international experience.
And whether those announced dates for tours in various cities are final and do not accept change, Tariq Al-Bahri said: “After we faced the biggest challenge last season due to the new Corona virus and we defeated it by setting up the tours on time with the application of a medical protocol that guarantees the safety and protection of players and organizers, we We are optimistic that all next season’s rounds will be held on time, but at the same time we have sufficient flexibility to deal with any developments, and we will continue our keenness to implement all precautionary measures with the highest degree of efficiency, in cooperation with the competent authorities in the seven cities in which the tours will be held.
Al-Bahri added: “Since the launch of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu Tours in 2015 in 4 cities, we have been keen with each new season to achieve the addition either in the number of rounds, which increased to 5 and then 7, or in the categories of participants to gradually raise the technical level of the tournament, or In the arbitration laws to ensure raising the efficiency of the fights, providing the factors of excitement and fun in them, and expecting the participation of the UAE clubs and academies to gradually return in the next season’s rounds in light of the success in facing the Corona challenge and reducing its negative effects on societies, and in this regard we had clear instructions from His Excellency Abdul Moneim Al Hashemi that we evaluate The championship was in the most delicate circumstances last season, as a message from Abu Dhabi to the world to recover from the effects of the epidemic and to spread hope in all societies for the return of life to normal. ”
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