Thursday, May 28, 2015


Presidents Cup Latest News May 2015

Things are really hotting up for the Presidents Cup with the Russian team now selected. 

Russian Team will consist of the following athletes

62 Ruslan Bagdasaryan - Russia National Champion
68 Nikita Kletskov  - European Champion
74 Azamat Sidakov - Russia National Champion
82 Ilya Kokovich - Russia National Champion
90 Aslim Chernoskulov - 3x World Champion
60 Yana Kostenko - World Champion
68 Ekaterina Onoprienko - European Champion

The GB Team has been selected and unlike most of our counter parts they receive no government grants and have to be self funding. That does not stop them training as hard as possible with each GB Representative having to supply the BSF with a monitored training programme. Our team will be one of the fittest at the tournament.  

u62 Bradley Belsey 
u68 Casey Belsey
u74 Dan Diamond
u82 Danny Carrott
u90 Danny Roberts

u60 Debbie Jackson
u68 Emma Herd


History was made when the inaugural President’s Sambo Cup was organised in September 2014 in London. This year, the tournament returns to England, albeit Manchester this time, with some of the strongest masters of the world.
8 teams will compete for the President's Cup. As before, the participants include the founders of this sport, the Russian team; the hosts of the tournament, the team of Great Britain; as well as two teams of the Commonwealth. The teams of France, Bulgaria, Italy and Spain will complete the competitive field. Each team, consisting of 7 sambists, will see the men compete in 62, 68, 74, 82 and 90 kg weight categories, while the women will compete in the 60 and 68 kg weight categories.
Manchester is familiar to sports fans as the city of two football teams in the Premier League. But beyond the football the city boasts of one of the most modern velodromes in the world and also some significant sports results in various disciplines.
The President’s Sambo Cup aims to promote the sport with the help of new, creative and innovative solutions related to the format of the tournament. The main areas of focus for the organizers are the entertainment activities and original marketing solutions. President of the Sambo Association of the British Commonwealth, a member of the organizing committee of the competition, Michael Parker, says, "Within the President's Cup we plan to hold a demonstration tournament in combat sambo. The tournament will be held in the open weight category and eight sambists will take part in it. Two of them will be representatives of the United Kingdom and the remaining six will be selected on the basis of the world rankings. Athletes will compete for the "championship belt" and a check for a large sum, which we, the organizers of the Cup, are not yet disclosing. The process of selecting candidates will start immediately after the end of the European Championship in May".
As for the team selection, Spain and the UK have already determined the composition of the teams in the national championships, and the teams of Bulgaria, Russia and France have yet to do so after the European Sambo Championships start on May 15.
In September 2014 the President´s Cup was attended by the UK, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the countries of the Commonwealth (Africa and America). In the final, the Russians won a unique cup crafted by jewelers of Saint Petersburg. In the battle for 1st place they won over the UK team with a score of 7:2. The third place went to the teams of Belarus and Commonwealth Africa.
BSF President Martin Clarke meets  Alexander Zhukov, Chairman of the Russian Olympic Committee, Russian Vice- President at 2014 Presidents Cup
Manchester´s coat of arms includes a bee that symbolizes the ability of local residents to "work as hard as a bee" and also enjoy a good rest. Last year, the viewers were entertained by a Scottish bagpipe band, and this year the organizers promise to please all the spectators and guests of the tournament with new surprises. What are they talking about? It is still a mystery that will necessarily be disclosed on September 26.
The site of the tournament where you can find all the latest information about the upcoming President's Cup in Manchester has started to function. You can find the most interesting information about the tournament at:

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