Astana is hosting for the first time the World Youth and Cadet Jiu-Jitsu Championships, which brought together more than 1,000 strongest athletes from 42 countries. Kazakhstan is represented by 194 best athletes from the national team, the press office of the City Administration reported.
The solemn opening ceremony brought together the high-ranking guests, including representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation and heads of sports organisations.
Chairman of the Committee for Sports and Physical Culture of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerbol Myrzabosynov noted that the World Championships in Astana is to promote and popularize jiu-jitsu both domestically and internationally. The organisers hope that the competition will help improve the professional skills and competitiveness of athletes, as well as involve more people in sports and a healthy lifestyle.
Athletes will compete in different age categories, starting from 14 years old, for 5 days. The events will be held at Zh. Ushkempirov Palace of Martial Arts, and the Qazsport TV channel will broadcast the finals.