DUBAI: UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has congratulated Shamma Al Kalbani for becoming the first Emirati woman to win a medal during the World Games.
The president met Kalbani – who scooped bronze in the 63kg category women’s jiu-jitsu at the Birmingham World Games in July – alongside the other Emirati winners of the jiu-jitsu competition at the games on Monday.
The competition, which took place in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of the most important global multi-sport events in the world.
The UAE grapplers won five medals at the championship, with Faisal Al-Ketbi winning gold in the 85 kilogram and open weight categories, and Mohammed Al-Suwaidi taking home silver in the 69 kilogram division. Shamma Al-Kalbani became the first Emirati female athlete to clinch a medal at the World Games, winning two bronze medals in the 63 kilogram and open weight categories.
He also congratulated the board of directors of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and commended their efforts in developing the martial art.
In response the delegation thanked the president for his support of the sport in the country.