BAGHDAD, April 22 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi capital Baghdad will host the first Arab championship of the Jeet Kune Do (JKD) martial art, slated for April 26, with the participation of 10 Arab countries, the Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sports said on Monday.
"The countries that announced their participation in the Arab championship are Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, along with the hosting country Iraq," a statement by the ministry quoted Alaa Kifah, the Iraqi JKD Federation, as saying.
"Despite the game of Jeet Kune Do is new in Iraq, which officially joined the Arab Federation of Jeet Kune Do in 2018, the game become popular and spread quickly in the country," Kifah said.
"The game will gain great importance in the coming years through the large turnout by young people," Kifah added.
Jeet Kune Do was originally created by martial arts legend Bruce Lee in 1967. The JKD is translated as "way of intercepting fist."