UAE Jiu-Jitsu Team To Return To Active Training
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect the world and major sports, some entities are looking to work past it. The United Arab Emirates’ national jiu-jitsu team will attempt to conduct business as usual, as lockdown restrictions within the area have eased up.
According to The National, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation decided to resume training following a meeting of the board via video. This will be the first time active training will be going on since March. 43 national team members will be participating with coach Ramon Limos.
“We have followed the UAE government’s directives to take every precaution to resume our training activities with a camp for the national team members before we open the floor to the rest of the jiu-jitsu community in the country,” UAEJJF Chairman Abdulmunam Al Hashemi stated.
“We came to that conclusion after consultation with the health and other relevant authorities. We are already working with the local authorities also to make it possible to schedule local, regional, national, and international events as soon as possible.”
According to John Hopkins University, there are over 15,192 cases of the coronavirus in the UAE. Gulf Today elaborated on the procedures that will be taking place to ensure that monitoring the health and safety of the athletes is being administered. There will be two daily training sessions: a light one before Iftar and a two-hour session from 10 p.m. to midnight. Social distancing will be utilized, with minimal contact required by each member.
The team will be preparing for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, now scheduled to take place in November. Other forms of competition include China’s Beach Games and the JJIF World Championship. Members of the team have also undergone tests, with positive results coming for all.