Alamzhon Mullayev was re-elected as President of the Sambo Union of Asia (SUA) before the final day of the Asian Sambo Championships in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent.
The regular electoral Congress of 2021 and the ninth Annual General Assembly of the SUA were held at the National Press Centre in the city in a mixed on-site and online format.
Earlier in the SUA Congress Mullayev - whose latest term will see him in office until 2025 – underlined that the current tournament is at the same time part of a bid to host the 2025 Asian Youth Games and the 2021 World SAMBO Championships.
The Russian added: "Over the past period, the Sambo Union of Asia has carried out a large and successful work to include this sport in the programme of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and the Summer Asian Games in 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia."
François Saad of Lebanon was re-elected as SUA secretary general and Hong Kong’s Suresh Gopi became the new first vice-president as well as being re-elected as director general of the organisation.
Seongcheon Mun of South Korea, Krishna Bayu of Indonesia, Dananjaya Shrestha of Nepal, Mohamed Ali Janahi of Bahrain, Abbasali Akbari of Iran, Alisher Alimov of Uzbekistan, Mokhles Hasan Albu-Mohammed of Iraq and Absadyk Nuribayev of Kazakhstan became vice-presidents.
The Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Avazjan Karimov, and secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan, Oybek Kasimov, had earlier greeted the delegates and wished them successful work, noting that the popularity of Sambo in the Republic is constantly growing.
Hosts Uzbekistan then produced a final flurry of golden performances as the Asian Sambo Championships came to a close in the Tashkent Universal Sports Palace.
Sarbon Ernazarov topped the podium in the men’s 71 kilograms class, from Kazakhstan’s Nurbol Serikov and Arnur Kuatay, while in the other men’s event, the 98kg category, Nodirjon Merhalikov was a home winner.
Silver and bronze went to Firdavs Nasimov of Tajikistan and another home athlete, Jaloliddin Ortikov.
Both the women’s contests also went to the hosts.
Ibodatkhon Agojonova took gold in the 59kg category, with Kazakhstan’s Dinara Zhumbayeva taking silver and Turkmenistan’s Madina Aydogdyyeva bronze.
In the 80kg class, Madinabonu Salokhiddinova won gold from Kazakhstan’s Azman Amayeva and another Uzbek talent, Maftuna Khamdamova.
There was success for other nations in the combat sambo, however, as Tajikistan’s Bobkhon Mirzozoda took gold in the 58kg category, with silver going to Kazakhstan’s Yerkebulan Kuangaliyev and bronze to home fighter Lutfilla Saydamatov.
Daiyrbek Karyiaev of Kyrgyzstan won the 79kg category ahead of Tajikistan’s Tavrezsho Parpishoev and Akhmat Boboyev of Kazakhstan.
But Uzbekistan had the last word as the concluding over-98kg category went to home fighter Miyirbek Abdikalkov, with Turkmenistan’s Babajan Ivadullayev taking silver and Kazakhstan’s Talgat Zhientayev bronze.