Moroccan athlete Yassine Omari had a fruitful summer: in the weight category up to 71 kg, he became the African champion in Sport SAMBO in Cameroon and won a silver medal at the World Beach SAMBO Championships in Israel. In an interview for the FIAS website, he compared Sport and Beach SAMBO, shared his impressions of the main beach tournament of the year, and talked about how crowded stands affect the mood of athletes.
This summer you participated in the World Beach SAMBO Championships for the first time. Could you share your experience?
– I got invaluable and very useful practical experience. I would like very much that in the future competitions of such a high level will also be held in Morocco. It would be great both for the development of SAMBO in the Kingdom and for our country as a whole.
How significant is the difference between Sport SAMBO and Beach SAMBO for you?
– To be honest, I did not feel much difference between the fight in the gym and on the sand. The only difference is that it is more difficult to perform some movements and techniques on the sand, as the sand slows you down. When entering a bout, these features should be taken into account, which I tried to do.
Have you already managed to work on the bugs in the first approximation?
– Indeed, at the World Beach SAMBO Championships, I didn’t succeed at everything, I made mistakes. The most difficult was the final match, in which there were moments that I have yet to analyze. In any case, I will draw conclusions, I will work on eliminating shortcomings and try to improve my result next year.
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