MOSCOW: Emirati jiu-jitsu champion Omar Al-Fadhli has won the gold medal in the 62kg purple belt category at the third round of the sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Grand Slam in Moscow.
The tournament, staged in the Russian capital, witnessed the participation of 222 competitors from 15 countries holding purple, brown, and black belts in the Japanese martial art.
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Moscow (ADGS Moscow) was the third stop in the 2020-2021 season after two hugely successful events in Miami in September and Rio de Janeiro in December, and once again included some of the top-ranked competitors in the world in the adult and masters divisions.
Al-Fadhli was the only Arab and Emirati taking part in the tournament, which was subject to strict travel and health measures ahead of the action.
Abdulmunam Al-Hashemi, president of the Emirati and Asian jiu-jitsu federations and first vice president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, praised the success of the event and the continuity of the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) despite the extraordinary global health conditions.
All athletes competing at the ADGS Moscow followed health and safety guidelines set up by the AJP during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, with masks being mandatory during the event and access to the venue restricted to athletes and coaches only.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam tour returns to the UAE capital for the final leg of the 2020-2021 season on April 2 to 3 at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena.