1st Junior National Sambo Championship 2015 held in Valley

KATHMANDU: Nepal Sambo Federation organised the 1st Junior National Sambo Championship in Gongabu of Kathmandu on Saturday.

International Sambo Federation (FIAS) Disciplinary Committee Secretary Jun Morita was the judge of competition while Professor of Nihon Wellness Sports University, Japan, Yasuhiro Tanaka, was the referee.

Nepal Sambo Federation Central Treasurer Krishna Bahadur Raut, Vice President Pratap Ghising and President Dan Bahadur Ghising and others were present in the programme including Bhagawati Majhi, a bronze medalist in women’s 52 kg category in Beach Sambo at the 2014 Asian Beach Games held in Phuket, Thailand.

The Russian martial art, Sambo, began in 1938. It was developed adopting the efficient techniques from Judo and simple wrestling techniques for the Russian military for the defence attack without weapons. Sambo has been noted as the foundation for many famous MMA fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko and Oleg Taktarov.

Currently, there are only two training centres for Sambo in Kathmandu: Marigold Health Club in Gangabu and Shivapuri Higher Secondary School in Maharajgunj.