Monday, September 26, 2016


Presidents Cup 2016

The 3rd Presidents Cup was held in Edinburgh on September 25th in the famous Meadow Bank Stadium. This event is organised by the Commonwealth Sambo Association supported by the British Sombo Federation, Scottish Sombo Federation and FIAS. The purpose of the event is to take it to different parts of the Country to highlight and show case Sambo in its two different formats Sport Sambo and Combat Sambo. The first year it was held in Dartford, followed by Manchester both were very Successful.

Holding in Scotland was a risk as the Country did not have the following like its English counter part. Scottish President Robin Hyslop started the ball rolling by organising a very successful Scottish Sambo Open a few months prior to the event attracting over 100 players. 

What the President Cup did do was to bring to Scotland a major International Sambo tournament featuring a team from Russia which highlighted the Sport in Scotland, this created a great deal of interest in the Press and media which was very apparent at the Press Conference held on the Saturday morning.
Martin Clarke with Princess Katrina 

The event could not have functioned without the hard work done by FIAS World coordinator Andrew Moshanov; he and his team were outstanding and made the whole event a great Success.
Andrew Moshanov 

This event always attracts many dignitaries such as Her Royal highness Princess Katarina , FIAS President and Duma MP Vasily Shestakov, Michael Wynn Parker President CSA, Eliseev Sergey President ESF, Roberto Ferraris General Secretary FIAS, Martin Clarke BSF President Sir Maurice Allan first GB World Champion 1975. This shows the importance of the event and how FIAS rate Great Britain’s involvement in International Sambo.
Sir Maurice Allan with BSF Honorary President Valerie Clarke 
A full report on the actual matches will be released at a later date what I can say this was a very hard tournament,. The teams for Sport Sambo were dropped from 8 to 6 this year to make room for the Combat Sambo Grand Slam. Scotland were pooled against Holland and Spain, I personally thought they were in spot to make the final but I was shocked by the standard of the other two teams.  Both Teams had obviously taken this competition very seriously and produced some really top quality competitors, sadly Scotland lost to Holland 5 to 2 and Spain 4 to 3 but that is not to say the Scottish team did not fight hard they certainly did and Scott Imrie look like one of the best players of the day in the whole competition. With his famous Scottish Judo Coach Father John Imrie taking charge I am sure we will see a lot more quality Sambo players coming from Scotland. 
Vasily Shestakov 

The final was between Russia v Holland; this was to prove an exciting match, as the Russians were at best their 3rd string. Although the Russian Team won they did lose a fight to the Dutch the first time in this event that has happened and all the other matches on the whole were close fought so well done to both teams
Martin with famous Judo Sambo Player Richard Kenny 

The Combat Sambo grand slam proved very popular and it was a proud moment for GB Combat Sambo Coach Matt Clempner Senior when his son Matt Junior won the Grand Slam Belt in the u90 kilo class. Matt is no stranger to the competitive grappling world, he has been an International Judo Player, World Sambo Bronze Medallist and is now making his mark in the world of Cage Fighting
BSF Combat Sambo Coach MattClempner Senior 
So what of the Future well talk is of next years event being in Wales or Northern Ireland, it was also suggested putting the Presidents Cup over the same week as the British Open. Can you imagine that the Presidents Cup on the Saturday and the British Open on the Sunday with all the fighters from the Cup competing that would be some spectacular event? Also robin Hyslop and John Clarke are suggesting we have annual Scotland v England Team event in both Sport and Combat Sambo competing for the British Sambo Cup
It is interesting that I was asked at the Press Conference when will GB see another World Medallist? My answer was simple “MONEY” UKSport will not fund non Olympic Sport in fact even Olympic Sports who do not win medals struggle to get funding UKSport seem obsessed with winning Olympic medals and making some athletes millionaires, they forget Sport needs participation at all levels and funding should be available to everyone not just a few Olympians the old Sports Council used to have a saying “Sport for All” let hope we return to that ethos. So our way forward is to get a large sponsor easier said then done. The BSF has had help from FIAS and the Russian Federation which we are grateful for.
Matt Clempner

In past events the British Team has taken Silver and Bronze our team consisted of both English and Scottish so we are stronger together lets keep it that way

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