Abu Dhabi ready to host world’s elite judo athletes for Grand Slam 2023 championships


International judo event to run 24-26 October

Following the successful staging of the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu World Tour 2022-2023, the UAE capital is now gearing up to host another major international martial art event this year.

Abu Dhabi is ready to host the world’s elite judo athletes for the new Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2023, which will run from 24-26 October, according to a senior sports official.

The UAE capital has been an ardent supporter of martial arts events, regularly holding both national and international competitions, including the recent Jiu-Jitsu President’s Cup, which offered a total prize fund of AED 1 million.

‘’I think it’s a good sign for the future and I am looking forward to having more global events in the region,” Naser Al Tamimi, Secretary-General of the UAE Judo Federation, and General Treasurer of the International Judo Federation (IJF).

”In Abu Dhabi we have been organising first a grand prix, then a grand slam, for many years. We also hosted the junior worlds and the veterans and Kata World Championships.”

”These big events give visibility to the sport, which becomes more and more popular. In my country, judo is the top Olympic sport. Thanks to this we get more support from our government.”



24-26 October 2023


Abu Dhabi


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