Thursday, July 07, 2011

FIAS - sambo: IOC recognition is their next step

On June 10th the presentation of the new headquarters for the International Sambo Federation took place in the Centre of International Sports. Members of the FIAS Executive Committee and guests of honour were invited to the event, including the head of SportAccord Hein Verbruggen, who wished the attendees success in their endeavor to promote sambo to the Olympic family.

On June 11, a meeting of the FIAS Executive Committee took place, discussing such issues as preparations of the 2011 World Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania; recognition of the National Sambo federations by national Olympic committees; preparation of updated version of the International Amateur Sambo Federations statues. 

The FIAS Executive Committee discussed the new version of the Regulations for preparation and holding of the FIAS official competitions. The updated version of the document is aimed at improving the quality of the FIAS competition organization in full agreement with modern requirements for sports marketing, television. 

The conclusion of the productive work of the FIAS delegation was a visit to the Lausanne Olympic Museum, founded in 1993.
Such a conclusion for the FIAS working visit to Switzerland was a symbolic one, since the entire sambo community would like to see sambo as one of the events concordant with Olympic spirit.

Earlier this year, the headquarters of the International Amateur Sambo Federation were re-located to the capital of the international Olympic movement and that the Federation itself have been re-registered in Switzerland. This, of course, means that managers of sambo want to be closer to Olympic movement is not only spiritually, but also geographically.

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