Morocco won the 11th African Sambo Championship
Morocco won the 11th African organized Sambo Championship, from 26 to 30 May in Niamey, Niger. Moroccan athletes, who showed a great performance by dominating events of the championship have won several medals in both sports in combat.
The Moroccan team took first place and was honored with eight gold medals, four silver and two bronze won by champions respectively:
Gold Medal: Anwar Mouzoul (-57 kg), Badr Eddine Diani (-74 kg), Mohamed elhassani (-82 kg), Reda Karrouti (100kg).
Silver Medal: Marwan Zaim (-90 kg).
Bronze Medal: Zakaria Gourma (-68 kg).
Gold Medal: Abderrahmane Hoummani (-62 kg), Abderrahim El Kars (-68 kg), Nour Eddine Hajjaj (-74 kg) and Marwan Oulhaj (-82 kg).
Silver Medal: El Hassania Elazaar (-64 kg), Houcine Chakiri (-90 kg) and Khalid Louzir (-100 kg).
Bronze Medal: Mohammed ZELMOUMI (-57 kg).
The championship which saw the participation of 12 African countries was of a very high technical level, which motivated more Moroccan champions who have excelled in their performance.
During the championship, the Nigerian public did not hesitate to make the move in large numbers to encourage and applaud all the athletes who participated in the event.
Attending this event, the Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sports, Ambassador of Morocco to Niger, President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee and several civil and military personalities.
Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport. The word “SAMBO” is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”. Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. It was intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts.
Spiridonov and Oshchepkov independently developed two different styles, which eventually cross-pollinated and became what is known as Sambo. Compared to Oshchepkov’s judo-based system, then called “Freestyle Wrestling”, Spiridonov’s style was softer and less strength-dependent. This was in large part due to injuries Spiridonov sustained during World War I.