Dilbar Sultanova (Tajikistan)

Sambo in Media
14 August 2014 Sergei Grishin
Dilbar Sultanova (Tajikistan)

A playing coach of the Tajik women’s team, a 41-year-old Dilbar Sultanova has become one of the most experienced member of the 2014 Asian Championship in Tashkent.

- I competed in the weight category over 80 kg and won the silver medal. It’s pleasant, that two of my pupils, whom I seconded at the tournament, took third place in their respective weight categories. Totally about 70 SAMBO athletes represented the Tajik national team, and this is one of the highest indicatives among all the teams.

- You are one of the most experienced members of the Asian Championship. And how long do you practice?

- The first time I came to the section in 1986 and have been engaged in sports since then. First I performed as an athlete, and then began training girls, continuing own performances. Now I am Chief National Coach of the Tajik national team.

- How many awards are in your collection?

- Last year at age of 40, I became the champion of Asia. In general, I became a medalist of the Asian Championship ten times, and got on the victory podium of the World SAMBO Championships four times. Besides, I perform in judo, where I also have some achievements.

- Who else in your family is interested in sports?

- My husband Sherhad Alimov works as my personal coach for many years. He is also Chief Scorer of the Tajik SAMBO Federation and Chief National Coach in judo. We have two sons. The eldest son is also a SAMBO athlete, he has been a medalist of the Asian Championship last year. He was going to perform in Tashkent this summer, but didn’t manage – went to serve in the army.

- What are your sports plans for this year? What tournaments do you plan to participate in?

- The World Championship will be held in the Japanese city of Narita in November. I plan to take part in these competitions, as well as to perform at the Asian Beach Games in Thailand, which SAMBO is included in for the first time. It is interesting to try to fight in the new format.

Byambaa Tsagaanbaatar,
Member of the AIPS SAMBO Commission, Mongolia


Dilbar Sultanova is a Master of Sports of the international class, honoured coach in SAMBO of the Republic of Tajikistan (RT), has the highest coaching category. She achieved high sports results.

In 2008 she became the silver medalist in this combat sport at the Asian Championship in Tashkent, and at the World Cup among the stars (Tashkent) she became the bronze medalist of 37 countries of the world. At the Asian Championship among women (Tashkent) she won the silver medal. At the World Championship (Tashkent, 2009) she won the bronze medal, the same year in Seoul at the World Games (Busan) she won the bronze medal. In 2010 in Beijing at the SportAccord World Combat Games she won a bronze medal in SAMBO among 27 countries. In 2011-12 she performed at the World and Asian Championships and has always won top places. In 2013 in Korea (Seoul) at the Asian Championship she became the champion of 27 countries. She is an Honoured Master of Sports of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Dilbar Sultanova’s pupils have once and again participated at the Championship of the Central Asia and the Asian Games. She has prepared 6 Masters of Sports of the RT: Madina Shamsieva, Nasiba Alimatova, Firuza Sherova, Oyzoda Sharipova, Zarina Odilova, Shahlo Tursunova, 15 candidates in the Master of Sports of the RT, 8 girls are of them.

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