CUD celebrates Mandela Day by joining ‘The Biggest Judo Class'

Wednesday, June 9, 2021: To celebrate Mandela Day, Canadian University Dubai (CUD) joined 'The Biggest Judo Class' on April 18, 2021 organized by the European Judo Union in Lisbon, Portugal.

The event was hosted by Olympic Athlete Nuno Delgado during the 2021 European Judo Tournament, with participants attending virtually from all over the world. Performing physical exercise in live streaming mode for 30 minutes and using hashtag #BJC2021 on social media, participants were brought together around the values of judo and its moral code; respect, courage, modesty, self-control, friendship, sincerity, honour, courtesy, and sustainability.

Students and faculty of CUD’s Sports Management program took part in the festivities from their homes in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Leonardo Mataruna, Professor of Sports Management, Canadian University Dubai, said: “We are now a part of the global manifestation of sport having attended Mandela Day. It was important for us to participate in the 1st biggest virtual judo class in the world to bring our community together; students and families from the young to the old. This symbolizes one of the main messages of Mandela Day; sport is for all!”

Inspired by Nelson Mandela and his quote “it is in your hands to make our world a better one for all,” the event raised funds for the Rede de Emergência Alimentar (Food Emergency Network), which aims to ensure those affected by the pandemic receive any food support they require.

Fahad Alabdouli, student of Sports Management, Canadian University Dubai commented: “Given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual event made it possible for all of us to come together from the comfort of our individual households to support a good cause. By calling our friends, family members, and colleagues to participate, we encouraged them to add more physical activity to their lives. This is part of the promotion of sport, to demonstrate how important physical activity is for health just like we learn in class.”

CUD’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Management degree prepares student to deal with matters that are unique to the sports industry. Students learn how to negotiate contracts with players and vendors through athletic valuation, attract crowds to sports events, and coordinate external communication through traditional and digital media.


About Canadian University Dubai

Canadian University Dubai, established in 2006, is a higher academic intuition located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Ranked 42nd overall in the Arab region and 9th in the UAE (according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings), CUD offers a broad range of academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels based on the Canadian curriculum and serves as a gateway for students to pursue higher education, research, and employment opportunities in Canada.

About the European Judo Union

The European Judo Union (EJU), founded in 1948 in London, England is a non-political and a non-profit organization that represents one of the five continental unions inside the International Judo Federation (IJF). The EJU is composed of 51 Member National Federations or Associations officially recognized through their National Olympic Committees. As a Continental Union inside IJF, the EJU in charge of implementing the policies of the IJF and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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