FIAS have held a seminar in Cyprus with aid from the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Cyprus ©FIAS

The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) held a coaching seminar at the Cyprus University of Sports with participants including sambo clubs from Nicosia and Limassol.

The seminar, arranged by Marios Andreou, President of the Cyprus Sambo Federation, was aided by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Cyprus and was the second sambo seminar to take place in the country following an event in December 2015 in Nicosia.

Dmitry Maksimov, FIAS sports director and leader of the seminar, said: "The main task of the seminar was refreshing our knowledge of sambo techniques, special terminology, and methodical aspects of coaching on the threshold of the international coaching seminar that would take place in 2018.

"In our classes, we examined in detail basic sambo terminology, basic sambo techniques both for standing position and for parterre, as well as the fundamentals of functional training of sambists along with methodology of teaching sambo movements."

Cyprus has hosted several sambo competitions in recent times ©FIAS
Cyprus has hosted several sambo competitions in recent times ©FIAS

George Odysseos, a representative of a Nicosia-based sambo club, added: "This seminar is a very important part of the coach staff instruction process.

"Such training courses should be arranged as often as possible."

Andreou also stressed the importance of such seminars.

"Arrangement of such seminars should become a priority in training experts on every continent," he said.

"We are ready to host another international coaching seminar in Cyprus."

Cyprus has hosted several sambo events in recent times with the 2016 World University Sambo Championships and 2016 World Cadets Sambo Championships taking place in Nicosia and Limassol respectively.

Limassol also hosted the Beach Sambo Open in July last year.