Nahyan bin Mubarak crowns winners of first day of inaugural Union Wrestling Cup

ABU DHABI: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the inaugural Union Wrestling Cup kicked off in grandeur at Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Arena on Wednesday, 24th January.

The first-of-its-kind event, organised by the UAE Wrestling Federation, featured intense competition in two categories: Motaraha – an Emirati traditional wrestling – and freestyle wrestling.

The opening ceremony at the Arena was graced by esteemed personalities, including Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi; Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the UAE Wrestling Federation; Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary-General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC); Sheikh Hamdan bin Saeed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Secretary-General, UAE Wrestling Federation; Abdulmunem Alsayedmohamed Alhashmi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation; Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling (UWW); UF
C Champions Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chimaev, and board members of the Federation.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan also joined in honouring the winners during the podium ceremony.

As the competitions on day 1 concluded, Fujairah Martial Arts Club topped the medal rankings, while Sharjah Self Defence finished second, and Khorfakkan Club came third. The tournament attracted 272 athletes from six different clubs competing across categories. The Motaraha competitions attracted 52 players, in under 75 kg, under 85 kg, and the open weight (over 85 kg) categories.

Talal Al Hashemi, a member of the UAE Wrestling Federation, said, ‘We are pleased to launch the Union Wrestling Cup with the participation of players from all over the country and different nationalities. Today we concluded the fights for the under-15 category, and tomorrow we are preparing to host the fights for the under-17 category.’

He added, ‘Motaraha is strongly linked to the Emirati heritage, and was officially recognised by the United Wo
rld Wrestling as one of the types of heritage wrestling. Today’s competitions witnessed good participation and received remarkable attendance from the public, especially school students who came to attend the fights and explore the fight closely. We wish success to all participants. We look forward to organising more successful tournaments under the UAE Wrestling Federation.’

Ali Muhammad Al-Najjar, competing in the 83 kg weight category, secured victory in four fights, earning the gold in his category. He said, ‘I was determined to undergo rigorous training to approach the fights with strength and meet the challenge head-on. I extend my gratitude to the administration and coaches at the Sharjah Self Defence Club for their support in accomplishing this feat.’

The Motaraha bouts saw Ibrahim Rashid Suleiman Al Shamsi winning first place in the under 75 kg category, followed by Abdullah Mohammed Abdul Mohsen Al Asiri in second place, while Hamad Jaafar Abdul Aziz Al Jallaf came third. In the under-85 weight ca
tegory, Hazza Jaafar Abdulaziz Al-Jallaf took first place, followed by Matar Muhammad Bakhit Al-Nuaimi and Mansour Omar Salem Al-Buraiki in second and third places, respectively.

Source: Emirates News Agency