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Russia’s Olympic chief believes sambo wrestling on right track joining Olympic family

March 31, 21:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Sambo wrestling originated in Russia in the 1920s, when soldiers of the then-Soviet Army developed their own hand-to-hand combat technique

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MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/. A work on the inclusion of Sambo wrestling into the program of Olympic Games is underway, but the process would require some time, Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), said.

"Sambo wrestling is on a fast track of development and more countries keep joining this sport," Zhukov said.

"More and more countries join the international competitions and the most important for us now is to join the Olympic family, however, this is not a speedy process," the ROC president added.

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."

In October last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that maximum efforts should be implied to make Sambo wrestling enter the program of the Olympic Games.

According to the All-Russia Sambo Federation a total of some 500,000 Russians are practicing Sambo, including about 230,000 children.

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