African SAMBO Championships 2018 was held on 23-25 June in Hammamet, Tunisia. Over 100 athletes from 14 countries arrived to compete for medals in 3 disciplines: Sport, Combat and Beach SAMBO.
This year the tournament was crossed with Olympic Day on the 22 of June. Celebrating of the Olympic Day gave an inspiration for SAMBO athletes once again to give an honour to the main Olympic values: Respect and Friendship.
Three-day event started with the African SAMBO Confederation (CAS) Congress where representatives of 12 national federations – Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger and hosts Tunisia – were in attendance.
African SAMBO Confederation (ASC) President Dalil Skalli has expressed his belief that it is still necessary to seek additional opportunities and impulses for further growth of the sport on the continent, despite what is considered the high rates of expansion. He believes that an efficient hands-on experience exchange between national federations could be achieved through the so-called Mediterranean SAMBO Union that could be formed between Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
One other important topic on the agenda was the approval of host countries for the African Championships of 2019 and 2020. These editions were assigned to Morocco and the Republic of the Congo respectively.
In his welcome address, Mr. Skalli summed up the recent work of the ASC and noted that the national federations have made a significant step forward in the promotion of SAMBO.
The Congress was concluded by FIAS Technical Commission Chairman and Executive Director Sergey Tabakov. He spoke about the possible introduction of additional articles to the uniforms of female athletes from African Muslim countries. These would cover the open areas of their bodies. Mr. Tabakov also spoke about the introduction of a ranking system for sambists with special qualification strips on athletes’ belts indicating their titles. Both proposals were supported by the leaders of the national federations.
As well as the part of the FIAS Anti-Doping program, during the tournament there was organised Outreach program for athletes. Over 100 participants decided to check their knowledge in WADA Quiz. The participants received special souvenirs form FIAS.