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It’s one of the most popular sports in the UAE and this week sees the return of its flagship tournament: the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC).  Now in its 12th year, the competition takes place from Tuesday to Friday (April 6 to 9), with the world’s best going up against local talent. There are also competitions for junior fighters under the age of 18. In total, some 2,000 athletes are expected to compete...

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Many young children grow up dreaming of playing professional sports, of emulating their heroes – the Messis, Serenas and LeBrons. For most, the dream simply remains that, as we slowly ease into normal society and watch our heroes from afar. Some of us, however, carry a few more “what if’s” into adulthood. I really did have the chance to become a professional football athlete. Unfortunately, several major injuries and an inability to deal with physical issues...