Below is an article about the acceptance of Sambo into the European Olympic Games, this is great news for us in the British Sombo Federation and as Andrew says below the start of Sambo/Sombo/Cambo started in 1967 yet the real work has been done by the British Sombo Federation founded in 1986. The BSF has had to rely on its members to cover the costs of Tournaments and International events for many years. In recent years since the FIAS Presidency of Mr V Shestakov the BSF has had financial help and practical help with equipment etc.
This development could get us recognition with the British Olympic Committee and maybe some funding who knows but we will be looking for a selected GB Team for the event in Azerbaijan. This news coupled with the the Presidents Cup and Commonwealth Sambo Championships in Dartford last weekend of September proves that Sambo in GB is on the move and all the hard work done by the BSF since 1986 has come to fruition. This success could not have happened without the hard work of FIAS.
Congratulations to everybody !
Great news came through today as SAMBO was officially approved as part of programme of the 1st European Olympic Games to be staged in Baku, Azerbaijan, 2015
It would not be possible without the true efforts and dedication of the "pioneers of Sambo in GBR and Europe", who started promoting this sport since late 1960s and 1970s here in UK and Europe-wide. Patrick Hickey, President of European Olympic Committee, who compete in the first SAMBO event in GBR for Ireland - is one of them. The Sambo match USSR-ENGLAND-IRELAND (1967) should be commemorated as the staring point of this long road, resulted in such an achievement of FIAS under the current leadership of Mr. Shestakov.
This is a tremendous breakthrough for all of us in UK, who was keeping the fire in the fireplace for all of these years and made it happen at the end of the day.
What's next? Serious work and close liaison with British Olympic Committee due course.
Congratulations, and lets go serious.
Great Britain proved that we can have medals at the Worlds and we shall have them at the Euro Olympics.
Head of Development