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UWCF Supports Conduction of the Ukrainian Cup for Sport Sambo and Combat Sambo

11 September 2016 saw the close of the four-day tournament – the Cup of Ukraine for Sport Sambo and Combat Sambo among men, women, juniors, older boys and girls, supported by the United World Cultures Foundation.

The sports complex of National Pedagogical Dragomanov University where the competition was held, hosted around 700 sportsmen coming from 22 Ukrainian regions. The Cup’s participants contested the victory in three age categories: older boys and girls (U-18), juniors (U-20), and seniors.

The formal opening ceremony of the Ukrainian Cup for Sport Sambo and Combat Sambo took place on 8 September, attended by many honoured guests, including Ihor Zhdanov, Minister for Youth and Sports of Ukraine, who opened the tournament. Inspirational input for sportsmen was kindly made by students of Kyiv State Ballet School and dance company VizerunoK who came to amuse the competition’s guests, sambo athletes, and viewers by fascinating performances.

The first day of the Ukrainian Cup handed the team victory in the competitions among older teenagers (up to 18) to the Odessa’s sportsmen. The second place was taken by the Kyiv’s team and the third one by the sambo athletes from Zhytomyr Region.

The second tournament day was exciting for juniors. The top tier of team competitions was swept by the Kyiv’s select team, whereas the second and the third tiers shared by the teams of Dnipropetrovsk Region and Kharkiv Region.

On 10 September, which is the Day of Physical Education and Sports, competitions started among senior sambo athletes who were demonstrating their mastery and skills for two days – Saturday and Sunday. The world’s champions Maria Buyok and Natalia Smal got the hard-fought victory and proved their titles in the respective weight categories.

UWCF Charity Foundation would like to congratulate all winners of the Ukrainian Cup and wish them new sporting achievements and victories, especially that world championships to be participated by this tournament’s winners are just around the corner (the junior championship (U-18 and U-20) on 6 - 10 October 2016, in Ploiești, Romania; the senior championship on 10 - 14 November 2016, in Sofia, Bulgaria).

On all competition days, the National Sambo Federation of Ukraine, President of the Kyiv Sambo Federation Yuriy Skrypal, and United World Cultures Foundation were delivering a presentation of the charity project under the program “TAKE KIDS AWAY FROM THE STREETS”, aiming to involve children and teenagers of vulnerable social groups in sambo classes on the free of charge basis.

Over the four-day length of the tournament, all visitors could enjoy the outstanding mastery of the Ukrainian sambo elite and cheer for beginners. Martial art connoisseurs remained satisfied with the sambo skills displayed, so the Ukrainian Sambo Cup was a real success!