The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) became a member of the International Association for Sports Games (IWGA). This became known following the results of the general assembly of the organization, the FIAS press service reported. Earlier, SAMBO was already included in the official program of the World Games of Non-Olympic Sports in London in 1985 and in Hague in 1993.
“We are very glad that the meeting participants supported the FIAS application. For us, returning to the International Association of World Games is another big step forward, a step towards the permanent recognition of the International Olympic Committee. Today international sports organizations record the growing popularity of SAMBO in the world. And the support of our application by members of such an authoritative Association as IWGA is another confirmation of this. I hope sambists will be able to take part in the World Games already in 2025 in China. I am convinced that our sport will become an adornment of the Games program, make the competition even more desirable and spectacular for all sports fans,” FIAS President Vasily Shestakov noted.