The last year has seen some major developments in Sambo; there have been major moves to get Sambo recognised as an Olympic Sport. All sports want to be an Olympic Sport but this time Sambo is very near the acceptance point the new President of FIAS (Federation International Amateur Sambo) has made some powerful friends and a lot of money has gone into SAMBO' s bid to become recognised by the IOC. FIAS has over 80 countries affiliated and runs World Championships in all age groups for Men and Women. I believe our dream of becoming an Olympic Sport will soon come to fruitarian. The International Judo Federation has twice that number but many Judo Organisations have said they will start a Sambo Section once Sambo has Olympic recognition and I am informed that another 20 countries have applied for membership to FIAS.
One of the conditions of IOC recognition is standardisation of the name, so the use of SOMBO, SOMBO WRESTLING, CAMBO will cease to be used the standardised name will be SAMBO and the British Sombo Federation will become the British Sambo Federation the same will apply to England, Scotland and N. Ireland
Sambo is a more comprehensive style of Jacket Grappling and allows many more techniques, some Jacket Grappling styles only allow throwing techniques not so with Sambo, some Jacket Grappling Styles concentrate on floor play only not so with Sambo, some styles limit how and where you hold not so with Sambo. Sambo is the ultimate Jacket Grappling Sport and Sport being the operative word.
Recognition by the IOC will open many doors especially with sponsorship deals and maybe government grants so the British Sambo Federation must prepare themselves for the future, a future where we can say “SAMBO AN OLYMPIC SPORT”
Martin Clarke BSF President