The message reads, in part:
“This competition has gained wide international recognition over recent years, established a prestigious place for itself in the sports events calendar, and built up traditions, most important of which are the thrill and vividness of the fights, the excellent level of teams’ training, and the intensity of competition. It is particularly good to see that the number of competitors, especially young people, is growing every year.
I am sure that this competition will unite the experience of seasoned and beginning fighters and write another memorable page in the history of one our country’s most popular martial arts.”
The sixth President’s Sambo Cup is taking place in Moscow, with teams from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Armenia, Tajikistan, and the Republic of Korea taking part.
The top eight teams according to their ratings based on the Sambo world championship and world cup get the right to compete in the tournament.