Commonwealth Sambo Association obtained the full membership from FIAS and became its official partner for the development of SAMBO in the 54 Commonwealth countries. The decision was taken at the XXV FIAS Congress in St.Petersburg on the October, 5, 2013.
The gathering of 200+ distinguished delegates representing 90 countries world-wide saw a remarkable presentation from Lord Simon Reading, the Honorary President of Sambo Commonwealth, as he announced the plans to hold the Putin Sambo Cup next year in London, the tournament to become a milestone event of FIAS Calendar next year. Though the competition format has not yet been approved, it is expected that athletes from at least 4 top SAMBO countries in the world will take part along with a few teams representing the Commonwealth. The Cup will be staged in Billingsgate court, London.
Michael Wynne-Parker, the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Commonwealth Sambo admitted that this event will be the unique opportunity for promoting Russian born martial arts style – SAMBO in the heart of London and present to the broader public its social and educational values and benefits.
Ms. Estony Hattingh, General Secretary of Commonwealth Sambo Association, stressed the significance of the coming event and the opportunity its brings for SAMBO athletes from the nations of Commonwealth to compete together with the best athletes in the World.
The weekend of September, 27-29, 2013 saw the inaugural launch of GUYANA SAMBO AND COMBAT SAMBO FEDERATION in Georgetown. Morning TV-show, radio station 93fm and all national media were after the event. Several meetings took place with the Guyana National Defence Forces and Police, where it was decided that SAMBO will make part of preparation of recruiters and policemen.
The Ambassador of Russian Federation Mr. Nikolay Smirnov took part in the opening ceremony in the National Gymnasium. Guyana Sambo and Combat Sambo Federation (GSCSF) was endorsed by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Antony.
We congratulate Mr. Carwyn Holland, the GSCSF President with the remarkable start !
Jason Fraser, The President of Trinidad-and-Tobago Sambo and Combat Sambo Federation, very well-known personality in the Carribbean and Pan-American SAMBO, has taken up the mission to promote SAMBO across the region.His visit to St. Lucia resulted in official recognition of SAMBO in this country. Giving full credits to his efforts to elevate SAMBO to the great level here in Carribbeans, the recent performance of Thaddeus Fransis of St. Lucia picking the Bronze medal in COMBAT SAMBO at the recent Pan-American SAMBO Championships in Panama earlier this year, was a good addition to the decision.
Mr. J. Fraser meets Mr. V. Reid, Director of Sport, at St. Lucia Ministry of Youth Development and Sport (on the photo)
First National Sambo championships in two age groups – youth and seniors, was staged in Mauritius this weekend of 7-8 September, 2013. The event was organised for the first time ever and was run under the new management of National Sambo Federation in the P. Balkissoon Sports Complex. Over 60 participants took part in the sambo competition. The few selected will have an opportunity to participate in the Sambo World Championshpis in November, 2013, in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Sambo referees and officials course has just started in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. This a training event, aimed at the development of a pool of referees and competition officials in the light of the 2014 Pan-American Sambo Continental Championships, scheduled in June, 2014 in Port-of-Spain. With the estimated over 200 of participants from all over America, this will be the first event of such a scale hosted by the fast emerging samba nation – Trinidad-and-Tobago. To remind, Trinidad-and-Tobago Sambo team came SECOND after Venezuela, the well-recognised leader of the continent for many years.