Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Presidents Cup Press Release
Press conference of the President's SAMBO Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland
September 24, 2016
The President's SAMBO Cup will take place on September 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland with the support of Rosneft, the General Sponsor of this event. The tournament press conference will be held on the competition day, September 24 at 10 am in the Sheraton Hotel. Special guests and the organizers of the President's SAMBO Cup 2016 will answer journalists' questions.
The actual sports event will start with the opening ceremony at 13:00, and the final fights and awards ceremony will begin at 17:00. Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh's main sports complex, is the venue for the already traditional tournament. All major events in the city, including concerts, are held here. As in previous years, the organizers of the President's Cup are planning some pleasant surprises for both spectators and tournament participants, but they are still a secret.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be hosting this tournament for the third time. The first President's SAMBO cup was held in London in 2014, and the second in Manchester in 2015. In 2016, as we've already said, the tournament will be held in Edinburgh.
This year, the President's Cup Organizing Committee will be chaired by HRH Princess Katarina, who is a member of two European Royal Dynasties. She is a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria on her mother's side and of the King of Serbia from the famous Balkan Karađorđević dynasty on her father's side.
Michael Wynne Parker, President of the Commonwealth SAMBO Association, announced that members of several ancient Scottish clans had already expressed their intention to attend the tournament. The Consul General of the Russian Federation to Scotland and the chief executives of several county councils are also expected to attend.
According to Robin Hyslop, President of the Scottish SAMBO Federation, people here are looking forward for an entertaining tournament. Naturally, the Scots intend to cheer madly for their team, which they hope to see in nothing less than the final of this prestigious tournament.
The tournament's main prize – the gem-incrusted Challenge Cup of about 10 kg – has already been won twice by the Russian team. This time, Scotland and other countries will try to do their best to beat the Russian team. In 2016, athletes from Italy, Spain, France, Holland, Ghana, Commonwealth countries and Scotland, the host of the tournament, will be fighting for the tournament’s main prize.
Starting last year, the organizers added another sports event with show elements to the President's SAMBO Cup – the Combat SAMBO GrandSlam. In Manchester, this tournament was held in the light heavyweight class – 100 kg, and it was won by Russian Mikhail Mokhnatkin. This year, the organizers decided to hold the tournament for combat sambists in four weight classes: 62, 74, 82 and 90 kg. Combat sambists from Trinidad and Tobago, the USA, Australia, Slovenia, the UK, Poland, Aruba, France and Russia have already confirmed their participation in this part of the tournament. Like last year, cash prizes will be given to the winning sambists.
We should note that the President's SAMBO Cup has helped uncover a lot of talents from the Commonwealth countries. Along with medals, athletes who competed in that tournament returned home with vivid memories and started promoting the sport in their home countries – in Australia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Canada, Nicaragua and South Africa. So far, teams from 22 countries have taken part in the tournaments; thus, SAMBO is steadily spreading around the world, bringing people, countries and continents together. That's why each year the Organizing Committee for the tournament invites teams from various national SAMBO federations that are FIAS members in order to promote SAMBO worldwide and develop good relations and mutual understanding among people of different countries.
Along with the tournament participants, a whole army of fans and SAMBO enthusiasts will also come to Edinburgh. A team of 40 fans is planning to come from St. Petersburg alone. The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko and President of the St. Petersburg SAMBO Federation Mikhail Kokorin, who is also a world SAMBO champion, will head the St. Petersburg delegation.
Website of the President's SAMBO Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland http://presidentscup.pagecloud.com/
British Sombo Federation
In 1986 Martin Clarke founded the British Sombo Federation. Why and How did this happen;
Martin had competed in Sombo with the British Amateur Wrestling Association in the early 1970s in those days it was refereed to as either Cambo or Sombo, the word Sambo was considered racist by the powers that be. Using the C instead of the S was because in the Russian Alphabet the S sound was written as a C as for Sombo some maintained this was the correct spelling in reality the only spelling was Sambo. With the Sport moving to Olympic Games recognition, the FIAS directed all member countries to use just word which is Sambo.
The BSF went on organise British and regional championships as well as taking teams to world and European championships and in 1990 the Sports Council recognised the BSF as the Governing for Sombo/Sambo in GB. Martin went on serve as Treasurer of the international Organisation FIAS , was awarded a Grand master of Sambo the only person in GB ever to receive the award ,in the last few years was presented with a Gold medal for Services to International Sambo and was also awarded a Star of Sambo this given to him while at the World Championships in St Petersburg 2008 this was awarded to the top 10 most influential people in World Sambo. 2013 World Championship martin was just one of 8 people to receive a special Gold Medal celebrating 75 years of Sambo
Times move on and the British Sombo Federation which is now a "Federation of Sambo/Sombo Organisations" is represented by the following organisation which have affiliated in 201 English Sombo Federation, British CombatSombo Association, Sombo Union of Great Britain , Federation of Russian Martial Arts (Sambo) Scottish Sombo Federation, Red Star Sambo, Northern Ireland Sombo Federation, United Kingdom Sambo Association British Grappling Association
In 2014 and 2015 the BSF were involved in organising the very prestigious "Presidents Cup" held in Dartford and Manchester
About SAMBO in Scotland:
The first Scottish world SAMBO champion was Morris Allan, who won his title in Minsk, Belarus in 1975. Morris is the most decorated Scottish wrestler of all time, and is the only athlete in the history of the UK to become a world champion in three styles of fighting: freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling and SAMBO. In recognition of his unique achievement, Queen Elizabeth II made him a knight, so Morris Allan became a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was also recognized as Scotland's Wrestler of the Century. Morris Allan will take part as a guest of honor in the tournament press conference and the President's Cup in Edinburgh.
The Scottish SAMBO Federation was formed in 1989. The first national SAMBO championship was held in 1995, with only 20 participants. Now, in 2016, this number has grown to 200 participants. It's worth noting that Robin Hyslop, President of the Scottish SAMBO Federation, has been named coach of the year twice in the last 20 years.
The main SAMBO clubs in Scotland are Dumfries Sambo Club, Closeburn Sambo Club, Red Star Sambo, Sombo93 Edinburgh, Dynamo Sambo in Glasgow and West Sambo from Greenock. That's a lot of clubs for a small country – it's a sign of the enormous amount of effort put into developing and promoting SAMBO, and great success.
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Information for accreditation:
Journalists wishing to take part in the event should contact the Head of Development of the International SAMBO Federation Andrew Moshanov by phone 44 7725 319179 or
email: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24.09.2016.