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The general assembly of the Asian JuJitsu Belt Wrestling Federation (AJJBWF)
Successful year with OCA for jujitsu

26 Nov 2009
With its inclusion in the first Asian Martial Arts Games in Thailand and, as a demonstration sport, in the third Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam, the sport of jujitsu enjoyed a landmark year in 2009. The general assembly of the Asian JuJitsu Belt Wrestling Federation (AJJBWF) heard that the growth of the organisation was set to continue in 2010, as new membership applications had been received from Korea, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Thailand. All four applications were approved, Thailand on the proviso that officials complete the necessary paperwork.

Looking ahead to 2010, the Al-Fajar JuJitsu Belt Wrestling Championship will be held in Tehran in February, and the federations of Iraq and Korea are both keen to host the fourth Asian Jujitsu and Belt Wrestling Championship. In addition, there are requests for training camps for referees in Singapore, Korea and India.

The president of the AJJBWF, Khalil Ahmed Khan, will decide on the venue of the fourth Asian Championship after negotiating terms and conditions with the interested federations.

In his report to the general assembly, which took place at Tashkent, Uzbekistan, President Khan highlighted the success of the second Asian Championship in 2008, the various camps and examinations for referees, the Play for Peace project and the Asian Martial Arts Games 2009.

“I would like to express my gratitude for the valuable help and cooperation of His Excellency Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the OCA,” said Mr. Khan. “I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the technical teams of the AJJBWF.”

The honorary president, Dr. Paul G. Hoglund of Sweden, praised Mr. Khan for his hectic efforts to promote jujitsu and belt wrestling in Asia, and congratulated officials on the smooth running of the Asian Martial Arts Games in Bangkok.

“Under the leadership of Mr. Khalil Ahmed Khan, this organisation will flourish quickly,” said Dr. Hoglund.

The AJJBWF’s Director of Public Relations, Dr. Jaffer Al-Muthafer, said he was trying his best to promote jujitsu in the Gulf region and to attract new federations such as Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

“OCA recognition and inclusion in the sports programme will surely help to get rapid membership in Asia,” said Dr. Jaffer.

The vice president, Saad A. Ani, said he had tried to help the AJJBWF by sponsoring the teams of Syria and Palestine in the last Asian Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and that the visit of the president to Syria had helped promote the sport in the region.

AJJBWF Executive Board for 2009-2015: President, Khalil Ahmed Khan (Pakistan); Vice President (Central Asia), Rustambek Iskov (Uzbekistan); Vice President (East Asia), Dr. Dylan Sung (Chinese Taipei); Vice President (South East Asia), Bui Hoang Lan (Vietnam); Vice President (South Asia), Sir Anthony Fernandes (India); Vice President (West Asia), Dr. Mukhlis Al Iraqi (Iraq); General Secretary, Miss Marie Anthony (India); Assistant General Secretary, Saad A. Ani (Syria); Treasurer, Joseph Tan (Singapore).

Director Sports (Jujitsu), Amir Hamsayeh (Iran); Director Sports (Belt Wrestling), Valery Fofachev (Kyrgyzstan); Director Referee (Jujitsu), Kazim Ali (Pakistan); Director Referee (Belt Wrestling), Lew Yugay (Uzbekistan); Director Public Relations, Dr. Jaffer Al-Muthafer (Iraq); Director Marketing, Shammi Rana (Korea); Chairperson Women’s Committee, Mrs. Hazarmukhamedova Tahmina (Kyrgyzstan); Chairman Coaches Committee, Ivan Raisky (Kyrgystan); Chairman Medical Committee, Dr. Henry Kothagoda (Singapore); Chairman Ethics Committee, Lee Jong Hak (Korea).
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