The National Olympic Committee of the Netherlands recognized Sports SAMBO as a “Top Sport”, while Combat SAMBO received the status of an “International Sport”.
The Secretary-General of the Dutch Sambo Federation Frederick Jan Ningbers informed the FIAS website about this.
“The status of “Top Sport” means that high-level sambists will receive certain benefits from our NOC. First of all, this is an official status for athletes, thanks to which, for example, students will be able to take an exemption from classes to participate in tournaments or training camps. I hope that in the future, thanks to this, our federation will also receive financial assistance,” Frederick Jan Ningbers said.
He stressed that the recognition of SAMBO by the NOC became possible due to the active development of the sport in the world.