The 2017 Asian Sambo Championships are due to begin tomorrow in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent, where medals are set to be won in 27 weight categories.
The three-day event, which is scheduled to run alongside the Asian Youth and Junior Championships, will be held at the Uzbekistan Sport Complex.
Eighteen of the 27 gold medals will be won in sports sambo with men competing in the 52 kilograms, 57kg, 62kg, 68kg, 74kg, 82kg, 90kg, 100kg and over 100kg categories.
Women, meanwhile, will contest the 48kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 68kg, 72kg, 80kg and over 80kg divisions.
The other nine titles will be awarded in the men’s combat sambo categories of 52kg, 57kg, 62kg, 68kg, 74kg, 82kg, 90kg, 100kg and over 100kg.
More than 300 athletes are scheduled to take part in the tournament, which comes less than three months before the start of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat.
Sambo is due to feature on the AIMAG sports programme for the first time in Turkmenistan’s capital, where the Games are scheduled to take place from September 17 to 27.
"The most important event this year is the AIMAG," sambist Abdulla Babayev of Turkmenistan said.
"The main thing now is to prepare for participation in this tournament."
Among the participating countries are Bangladesh, which will be represented at a major international sambo tournament for the first time.
Tashkent last hosted the Asian Sambo Championships in 2014, four years after the city staged the World Sambo Championships.