Along with their coaches, the sambists of Uzbekistan who became the prize-winners of the “Kharlampiev Memorial” World SAMBO Cup received diplomas and souvenirs from the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the country. The awards ceremony was held on April 17 in the NOC premises, in the course of media conference dedicated to the successful performance of sambists in this tournament.
The event was attended by President of the National Olympic Committee Umid Akhmatjanov, President of the SAMBO Association of Uzbekistan Alisher Alimov, members of the National Olympic Committee and the SAMBO Association of Uzbekistan, athletes, and journalists.
Umid Akhmatjanov has noted that the NOC is ready to create all the necessary conditions for further efficient training of sambists.
‘Together with the new leadership, we will work out new ideas, methods, and do all the necessary things so that SAMBO develops in this country. As you all know, the International SAMBO Federation received a provisional recognition of the International Olympic Committee, and this signals that in the future SAMBO may join the program of the Olympic Games. We hope that you will continue to successfully perform and delight us with your glorious victories,’ remarked Umid Akhmatdzhanov in his address to the sambists.
The “Kharlampiev Memorial” World SAMBO Cup was held on March 22-23 at the Luzhniki Sports Arena of the Olympic Complex in Moscow. It welcomed sambists from 35 countries. Uzbekistan was represented by 13 athletes. The team eventually pulled off 13 medals (2 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze) of various denominations and scored second in the team standings following the host country of the competition.