The 2022 World Sambo Championship, which was supposed to be held in Ashgabat, has been moved to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). This was reported on April 27 by Sport express with reference to the press service of the International SAMBO Federation (FIAS).
It is noted that the National SAMBO Federation of Turkmenistan sent a request to FIAS with a request to transfer the venue of the competition. The reason for the decision is not stated.
In Bishkek, the tournament will be held at the same time as planned, from 11 to 13 November.
The World Youth Championship 2022 has also been moved from Panagyurishte (Bulgaria) to Yerevan (Armenia). Competitions will be held from 14 to 16 October.
Recall that in November 2021 it became known that FIAS threatened to deprive Turkmenistan of the right to host the Championship in 2022, since the authorities had not yet submitted a plan for the event.
The head of the Federation , Roberto Ferraris , promised to send a letter to Serdar Berdimuamedov , who heads the Federation of Martial Arts of Turkmenistan, with a request to provide a plan for holding the Championship until December 31.
However, Ferraris expressed doubt that the Turkmen side would have time to fulfill the requirement and stated that FIAS was already considering alternative possibilities for holding the competition. “The plan for the organization of the Championship must be submitted a year before it takes place, after which we send a commission for on-site verification. However, Turkmenistan did not comply with the requirements . We extended the deadline until the end of December, but personally I doubt that they will have time to provide us with guarantees, ”said Ferraris.
Earlier, Ashgabat planned to host the Sambo Championship in 2020. For this, FIAS President Vasily Shestakov presented President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with a certificate for his contribution to the development of sambo on the world stage, as well as a commemorative sign and personal uniform of the sambist. In November 2020, it became known that Turkmenistan refused to host the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan