• Sambists are preparing to compete in new weight categories at the Russian SAMBO Championships

Sambists are preparing to compete in new weight categories at the Russian SAMBO Championships

26 February 2021 Aleksandr Solomahin
Sambists are preparing to compete in new weight categories at the Russian SAMBO Championships

The Russian SAMBO Championships will be held from February 27 to March 1 in Orenburg. The tournament among men, women and in Combat SAMBO will be organized in the sports and cultural complex "Orenburg". Russian sambists will fight not only for the medals of the national championships, but also for the right to represent the country at the largest international starts. Traditionally, the gold medalists will go to the World Championships as part of the national team, and the silver medalists will go to the European Championships.

The main intrigue of the tournament is related to the change in the number of weight categories in connection with the updated FIAS rules. The All-Russian SAMBO Federation decided to hold competitions in 7 weight categories for women, 7 for Combat SAMBO and 8 for men. The national category of up to 53 kg was added to the international "seven" weight categories for men.


Thus, during three competitive days, athletes will compete for sets of medals in 22 new weight categories:

Men: 53 kg, 58 kg, 64 kg, 71 kg, 79 kg, 88 kg, 98 kg, +98 kg.

Women: 50 kg, 59 kg, 54 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg, 80 kg, +80 kg.

Combat SAMBO: 58 kg, 64 kg, 71 kg, 79 kg, 88 kg, 98 kg, + 98 kg.

“This year we are holding the Russian championships in new weight categories for the first time. Since the leaders have not yet decided, the results of the competition will be unpredictable. And although we have already held the qualifying stages in the new weights, the permutations of athletes are still noticeable, because it is very difficult for adult sambists to change the weight category. I think it will take a long time for stabilization here: maybe a year or two. So at the upcoming championships we will have a lot of new names and fresh forces. I hope that the strongest athletes who will be able to adequately represent our country at world starts this year will be selected for the national team,” Sergey Eliseev, the President of the All-Russian SAMBO Federation, commented.


A similar opinion on this issue was expressed by the head coach of the Russian national SAMBO team Dmitry Troshkin.

“The Russian Championship is the first start in new weight categories and rules. I think the competition will be very interesting. It is impossible to predict the future composition of the national team, as the weight categories have become denser. Some of the guys will look for themselves for a year or two, while others will immediately guess with their category. There will be many surprises. At the same time, I think that the backbone of the national team that has existed for many years will remain by 50 percent. I will not name it by name, but I hope that the leaders of the national team will show themselves. The most important thing here is the athlete's training and spirit, his moral and volitional qualities, and our leaders have always been distinguished by this," Troshkin said.

It should be noted that at the moment in the Orenburg region there is a restriction on the 50% filling of the spectator stands. The website of the International SAMBO Federation, together with the press service of the All-Russian SAMBO Federation, have planned the online broadcast of the competition.


Schedule of the online broadcast of the Russian SAMBO Championships 2021

February 27, Saturday

10:00 - Preliminary bouts.

Men: 53 kg, 71 kg 98 kg.

Women: 50 kg, 65 kg.

Combat SAMBO: 58 kg, 79 kg, 98+ kg.

17:00 - Opening ceremony. Final bouts. Award Ceremonies.

February 28, Sunday

10:00 - Preliminary bouts.

Men: 58 kg, 79 kg, 98+ kg.

Women: 54 kg, 72 kg, 80+ kg.

Combat SAMBO: 64 kg, 88 kg, 98 kg.

17:00 - Final bouts. Award Ceremonies.

March 1, Monday

10:00 - Preliminary bouts.

Men: 64 kg, 88 kg.

Women: 59 kg, 80 kg.

Combat SAMBO: 71 kg.

15:30 - Final bouts. Award Ceremonies.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website More info Got it!