Mina Al Mazrouei defends the 'white' den at the 2023 World Games in Berlin

UAE Special Olympics team uses female jiu-jitsu player as goalkeeper

  • Mina accompanied her teammates from the Special Olympics football team. From the source

  • Mina during her coronation in a previous Jiu-Jitsu Championship. From the source


The technical and administrative staff of the Special Olympics national football team have placed their trust in Jiu-Jitsu star Mina Al Mazrouei, 21, to take over the team's goalkeeping duties at the Special Olympics World Summer Games (Berlin 2023), which will be held from June 17 to 25.

Mina's mother, Fatima Al Muhairbi, told Emirates Today: "My daughter's association with sports dates back to an early age, before she shined in Jiu-Jitsu, and won in this game with the normal, and within the category of (community integration) many medals and achievements, to continue another brilliance, and reap gold in judo and basketball, before her talent was finally discovered by the technical and administrative staff of the Special Olympics football team, and gave her the confidence to take over the task of guarding the team's goal in the Berlin World Games."

She explained: "Mina's career is full of many medals in different sports, most notably in her favorite game Jiu-Jitsu, when she won gold in the "Mother of the Nation" Championship in 2017, and the President's Cup in 2019, in the category of (social integration), but her passion for testing new sports, especially after her affiliation last year to the Zayed Foundation, opened the way for her to increase her gold yield, and win with the Foundation's team, the basketball gold in the UAE Championship, to finally discover her talent in football. She added: "Mina is intelligent, despite being an athlete of determination, due to brain disability from the weak and moderate group, but she combined athletic and academic excellence, as she finished her high school, and we look forward to finding the appropriate opportunities for her to complete her university education."

In turn, Mina said: "My ambitions are great in being able to guard the team's goal, and raise the state flag at the World Summer Games in Germany." She added: "Jiu-Jitsu is my favorite game that I will return to after completing my mission with the team in the Berlin tournament, where we aspire to win the gold medal." At the end of her speech, she referred to different chapters of her life, and said: «I am keen to allocate enough time for daily training, whether physical at home, or with the Zayed Foundation, and I love to experience new challenges, sports or in different walks of life, I excel in helping my mother in her business, and I give encouragement and permanent support from her when I experience a new challenge in the world of sports, but my ambitions are great in the ability to serve my community, and I aspire to join the police corps».

• Competed in the "Community Inclusion" category in Jiu-Jitsu and won gold medals.

• Aspires to serve the UAE community and join the police force.