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More states join sambo wrestling family for Presidents Cup in Edinburgh

September 20, 2016, 17:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A total of 22 countries participated in the Sambo President Cup tournaments over the past three years

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MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/. Wrestlers from the United States, Poland and Aruba will join for the first time ever the Sambo Presidents Cup, which is to be held this year in Scotland’s Edinburgh starting on September 24, the president of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) told TASS on Tuesday.

"A total of 22 countries participated in the Sambo President Cup tournaments over the past three years, which means that the sport of sambo is making confident steps around the globe uniting people, countries and continents," FIAS President Vasily Shestakov said in an interview with TASS.

"Our family (of sambo) has been recently joined by athletes from the United States, Poland and Aruba, which is an island state in the southern Caribbean Sea," he said. "Who could even possibly think in the past that sambo would be some day practiced there (in Aruba)? It became possible due to the Presidents Cup in Edinburgh."

The Sambo Presidents Cup will be held in Great Britain for the third time as the country was previously the venue for the tournaments in 2014 and 2015, hosted by London and Manchester respectively.

Contesters in the upcoming tournament will be competing for the titles of the best sambo wrestlers in four weight categories (under-62 kg, under-74 kg, under 82 kg and under 90 kg). The participating countries, which officially confirmed their participation, are the United States, Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Aruba, France and Russia.

Sambo wrestling originated in Russia in the 1920s, when soldiers of the then-Soviet Army developed their own hand-to-hand combat technique. The word Sambo is a Russian acronym, which stands for "self-defense without weapons.".

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