Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Presidents Cup Press Release

The President`s Cup 2014
International Sambo Martial Arts Tournament

The inaugural President's Cup International Sambo Martial Arts Tournament is to be staged in London on Saturday September 27th 2014. The tournament will be held at the Bluewater shopping mall, the largest mall in Europe with up to 100,000 visitors per day.
Sambo is the global phenomenon that has been dominating the martial arts world. It combines the most effective elements of judo and wrestling to produce a system of “defence without weapons,” which is the literal translation of Sambo. Champions of the sport, such as Fedor Emelianenko and Oleg Taktarov, have gone on to dominate the world of cage fighting and MMA bringing the sport to international attention.
The tournament is being organised by the Commonwealth Sambo Association, headed by Lord Simon Reading, and the British Sambo Federation headed by Martin Clarke, with close support from the International Federation of Sambo (FIAS) and their President Vasily Shestakov. Lord Reading, who was keen to promote the successes of the Commonwealth nations in the sport, initiated idea for a British tournament and was delighted to find close support from the major sponsor, “Jewellers of Northern Capital” and their CEO Timur Kabukaev.
The event is a knockout style tournament for the top 8 Sambo nations, with the world’s leading teams competing in one group to qualify for the final: the national teams of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia. The second group is formed of Sambo teams representing the British Commonwealth. The teams are divided on a continental basis and include athletes from countries such as South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Botswana, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Cyprus, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The first round for all teams commences at midday, followed by a semi final and then a final that finishes at 6pm. Individual results from the 9 fighters per team go towards a grand total ensuring that the top teams will advance through each round. Teams will comprise both male and female fighters throughout multiple weight divisions with each fighter scoring points towards national glory and the stunning President’s Cup which consists of gold, silver, jade, jasper, turquoise and a host of other exotic stones.

There have been rumours of a President's Cup coming to Britain for a few years, and now it seems that the tournament is arriving in force. An internationally famous venue, 16 World Champions on the roster, MMA celebrity support and top class production values will launch the British President’s Cup as one of the top global martial arts events. It sets the scene for the first European Olympic Games next summer where Sambo makes its debut on the Olympic stage. It has also been announced that the London Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums will be appearing (by kind permission of Colonel Rankin-Hunt, CVO, MBE, TD, Regimental Colonel) to ensure that the event has a particular British feel. 

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