About 300 sambists from Israel, Belarus, hero cities, cities of military glory and federal districts of Russia arrived in Saint Petersburg on the eve of May 9, the Victory Day celebrated in many countries.
The ‘Victory’ International youth sambo tournament is a landmark event in the sports world. There are no famous and honored fighters among the competitors, and there are no crowds of fans queuing up to get the champions’ autograph… But nevertheless the athletes who won the medals and cups of this youth competition consider them as the most honorary and valuable prizes, no matter how many top-class trophies they are going to win in future.
For several years now on the eve of the Victory Day, Saint Petersburg hosts sambists from various countries, young athletes aged 15-16, who strive to win their first sport prizes.
— SAMBO FIAS (@SAMBOFIAS) April 15, 2019
The ‘Victory’ tournament is a team competition, which means that athletes participate in line fights. The kids are filled with emotions, they support each other and compete, understanding their responsibility for their common success. And in this case the joy of victory is ten times stronger, since ten is the number of sambists in each team.
This year SAMBO athletes from Moscow were the best among hero cities, while the silver medals went to the team from Smolensk. Hero cities of Novorossiysk and Saint Petersburg shared third place.
In the event among teams from the cities of military glory the team of Mozhaysk city was victorious, while the silver medals went to sambists from Rostov-on-Don. The third place was taken by Vladikavkaz and Anapa.