• The President Vladimir Putin SAMBO Cup was held in Japan

The President Vladimir Putin SAMBO Cup was held in Japan

Competitions
8 February 2016 Sergei Grishin

The Japan SAMBO Championships for the Russian President Vladimir Putin Cup was held on Sunday, February 7 in Tokyo. This is the fourth time the tournament has been held in this format, and as the organizers say, it helps build friendship between the two countries by developing relationships in sports.

"The Championships were held in the name of friendship between Russia and Japan. This competition strengthens friendly relations between the two countries," Vice-President of the Japan SAMBO Federation and a member of the Executive Committee of FIAS, Nobuyuki Asai, said in an interview with TASS news agency.

Нобуюки Асаи

Nearly 80 athletes from all over Japan — from Kanagawa, Okayama, Hokkaido, and many other prefectures — arrived at the Sports Palace in Tokyo's Sumida District to compete in the championships.

"The Championships were held at a high level, and everyone was satisfied with the competition. There were a lot of good fights," Mr. Asai said.

Takehiro Yamashita, competing in the weight category up to 74 kg, was best athlete in the men's tournament, and Kii Natsuoka (52 kg) was best in the women's tournament. They received prizes personally from the Russian Ambassador to Japan, Evgeny Afanasyev, and Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau of the MFA of Japan, Hajime Hayashi.

Евгений Афанасьев

"SAMBO has roots in judo, and the fact that it's popular in Japan and that annual tournaments are held here shows how important this sport is," Mr. Afanasyev said in an interview with RIA Novosti. "The development of contacts between athletes is important for relations between nations," he said.

The tournament winners will compete in honor of Japan at the World SAMBO Championships in Sofia in November.

Чемпионат Японии по самбо на Кубок президента России Владимира Путина 2016

Winners and prize-winners of the Japan SAMBO Championships for the Russian President Vladimir Putin Cup

Men 52 kg
1 Kota YAMAMOTO
2 Ryosuke KAWASUMI
3 Ryo NAKAJIMA
3 Hiroyuki KATO

Men 57 kg
1 Takahito NAKAMURA
2 Natsuki OTANI
3 Ryusuke KOMATSU
3 Kenji OISHI

Men 62 kg
1 Satoshi TOJI
2 Kazuhide SHIROTA
3 Shuto WATANABE
3 Taichi SUYAMA

Men 68 kg
1 Sho YAMAGAMI
2 Yasuhiro SUZUKI
3 Shinichi OKADA
3 Masatoki NISHIHARA

Men 74 kg
1 Takehiro YAMASHITA
2 Takuho ISHIDA
3 Motonori SHIMADA
3 Masato OGURA

Men 82 kg
1 Taichi KUSANO
2 Takatoshi MINAGAWA 
3 Katsuhiro YAMAGISHI

Men 90 kg
1 Shota TASAKA
2 Kentaro TAKITA
3 Sotaro UEDA
3 Shizuaki HINO

Men 100 kg
1 Yuta NAKAMURA
2 Keizo SAKAKIBARA
3 Yoshiyuki KIKUCHI
3 Izuru TAKEUCHI

Men +100 kg
1 Katana NISHIMURA
2 Sam Gordon

Women 48 kg
1 Saori ADACHI
2 Yoshiko KUSUMOTO

Women 52 kg
1 Kie MATSUOKA
2 Miyuki NISHIMOTO

Women 56 kg
1 Maya ISHIZAKI
2 Rika SAITO

Women 60 kg
1 Tomoka OWAKU

Women 64 kg
1 Chinatsu MIHASHI

MVP
Men Takehiro YAMASHITA
Women Kie MATSUOKA