Sambo was demonstrated at the TAFISA Games in The Netherlands ©FIAS

The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) demonstrated the sport at The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) Games in The Netherlands.

The Russian martial art was showcased in Leeuwarden in Friesland province.

"The idea of participation in the TAFISA European Sport for All Games came from the Russian Union of Martial Arts (RSBI)," said FIAS executive director Sergei Tabakov. 

"This organisation appealed to the International Sambo Federation with a request to assign its experts to present the Russian sport at the festival.

"Apart from sambo, the RSBI delegation presented such national Russian sports as mass-wrestling, buryat bökh, buryat archery and tatar kurash wrestling. 

The event aimed to promote physical activity and good health  ©FIAS
The event aimed to promote physical activity and good health ©FIAS

"When performing at the Games, we emphasised that sambo had integrated all the national wrestling traditions of Russia, along with those of the former Soviet Union republics." 

TAFISA is the international organisation dedicated to the promotion of physical activity for the sake of health, enjoyment, social interaction, integration, and communication of people worldwide.

"We bring only master classes and demonstration programmes, and our main task is to exhibit our national sports, to arouse public interest and attract people, so that they try and engage in them," said RSBI representative Anna Subbotina.