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Tokyo sees start of contest for Russian President’ Cup

February 07, 7:39 UTC+3 TOKYO
Sambo has recently become increasingly popular in Japan, particularly among judo athletes
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TOKYO, February 7. /TASS/. Japan’s sambo contest for the Russian President’s Cup started in Tokyo on Sunday. Over one hundred athletes are taking part in the contest. Winners will go to the World Sambo Cup to take place in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia in November 2016.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Cup is held in Japan for the fourth time. About 100 athletes, men and women, will take part in it this year," Vice President of Japan Sambo Federation Nobuyuki Asai told TASS on Sunday. "Winners in the tournament will then compete at World Sambo Cup in Sofia," he added.

Sambo has recently become increasingly popular in Japan, particularly among judo athletes, Asai said. "I regret saying the number of sambo schools in Japan is small. Nevertheless, we will try in future to exert efforts for promotion of this kind of sports in our country," he added. Sambo "is important for development of friendship between Russia and Japan, Asai said.

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