For immediate release, 4 October 2016


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On September 24th, 2016 Edinburgh saw the 3rd Presidents Cup in the Meadowbank Sports Center, organised by Commonwealth Sambo Federation and hosted by Scottish Sambo Federation in partnership with the British and International Sambo Federations.

Chairman of the Organising Committee HRH Princess Katarina

said: « It was the first time that the sambo tournament of such scale was staged in Scotland and it proved to be a success».

Organisers did a great job and the whole event was a great display of the sport of sambo. National and local media, which was present at the tournament, admitted the high competitive standard of participants and the warm athmosphere and spirit of friendship alonside the sporting rivalry.

Six top European sambo teams of seven athletes each clashed for the main trophy of the Presidents Cup, which was taken by Team Russia as they defeated Team Holland 6 :1 in the final. Team France and Team Italy took bronzes. Scotland and Spain finished 5th. In addition to the teams event, the 16 best fighters representing 12 countries competed in the Combat Sambo Grand Slam.

Sir Angus Grossart, the well-known Scottish philanthropist and entrepreneur, highlighted that sambo is noticeably non-agressive despite being the combat sport, which helps a balanced physical and mental development of the people and is also fully in tune with it’s motto « sambo is the sport bringing people together »

The scottish sports legend Maurice Allan, OBE, 1976 World Champion in three styles of wrestling to include sambo, appeared in the new role of a commentator as he talked through the bouts of the matches, explaining the sambo rules and scores to the audience.

Opening ceremony featured the Scottish Regimental Pipes and Drums Band and the favorite theme « The Flower of Scotland », with the guards also taking part in the medals presentation.

Robin Hyslop, President of Sambo Scotland congratulated the silver medallist of the tournament Team Holland, which made their remarkable best out of their debute in such an event.

The founder and owner of M1-Global Vadim Filkenstein gave out a special award for the best striking technique in the combat sambo weight category under 62 kg.

The event could not be possible without the continuous support from the partners and sponsors as RosNeft, Sistema, NordMet, Thermission and Peerless Group.

Michael Wynne-Parker, Commonwealth Sambo President gave a huge credit to the Team USA, as Evan Chmieleski and Patrick Sabatini took two gold medals and the champions belts in the Combat Sambo Grand Slam.

Also, he informed that the 4th Presidents Cup (also known as The Commonwealth Open) will be staged in the beginning of June 2017 in the UK, date and venue TBC.

The full results of the 3rd Presidents Cup are at the following websites and pages :

Organising Committee European Sambo Federation
FIAS, International Sambo Federation Commonwealth Sambo Federation Sambo Federation of USA

Sambo Federation of Holland Sambo Federation of Spain Sambo Federation of France Sambo Federation of Italy