Sambo: More martial arts successes for Armenia athletes

Two Armenian athletes have won gold medals at the World Sambo Championships that ended in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent on Monday.

(Sambo is a Russian acronym for unarmed self-defense and is a hand-to-hand fighting system developed in the Soviet armed forces. It later grew into a sport that is currently mostly popular in former Soviet and Eastern bloc countries.)

The Armenian Sambo Federation’s official website ( reports that on the first day of the competitions, November 5, Ashot Danielyan became a world champion in the 74-kg weight division (sport sambo). Danielyan, who is from Karabakh capital Stepanakert and trains there with the Karabakh affiliate of the Olympic Children’s and Youth School of Sambo and Judo, won the European title in combat sambo last spring.

And on Sunday, the 2010 European championships silver medalist Vachik Vardanyan won the second gold medal for Team Armenia in Uzbekistan by claiming the world title in the 68-kg weight division (combat sambo).
A total of eight athletes represented Armenia at the world championships.

According to the Armenian Sambo Federation, with these latest two gold medals won in international competitions, the total tally of Armenia in both youth and senior fighter competitions now stands at 21 medals (one gold, one silver and four bronze medals from the European championships; one gold, one silver and five bronze medals from the European championships among youths; and one gold, two silver and three bronze medals from the world championships among youths).