Zayed Sports City sports hall renamed 'IPIC Arena' for 10 years

Khadim Abdullah Al Qubaisi, managing director of IPIC, and Fahad Al Shamsi, chief executive of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, at a press conference to rename Zayed Sports City sports hall. (Supplied)

The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation revealed a new deal to name the Arena at the Zayed Sports City as 'IPIC Arena' under a 10-year sponsorship agreement. 

The IPIC Arena will host the seventh edition of Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship from April 20 to 25 with the participation of the UAE national team and elite Jiu-Jitsu stars from around the world.

The tournament was a great success last year with more than 2,100 participants from 70 countries.

“We are proud to support the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation in its quest to achieve the directives of the leadership to spread Jiu-Jitsu among the youth of the nation and transform Abu Dhabi into the global capital for the sport,” said Khadim Abdullah Al Qubaisi, managing director of IPIC.

“The new naming right deal of IPIC Arena for a period of ten years comes as an additional evidence of the long-term strategic partnership we share with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation,” added Al Qubaisi.

Fahad Al Shamsi, chief executive of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, hailed the new agreement with IPIC, stressing that the board, chaired by Abdel Moneim Al Hashimi and all the members welcomed the move, and appreciate the constructive partnership with IPIC.

“IPIC is the official partner of the UAEJJF and continues to play a huge role in the development and promotion of the sport both in locally and internationally. We hope all national companies to follow the path in supporting the sports activities in order to provide a distinctive service UAE youth,” added Al Shamsi.

“We at the Federation have a strategy to develop the game to reach 100,000 players before 2020. The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has achieved a leap in the sport in a short period of time and proved Abu Dhabi as the world capital of Jiu-Jitsu with the number of players reaching 40,000 in less than five years. Our thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces," added Al Shamsi.

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