27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

University Sambo World Cup: impressions and emotions

The 2012 University Sambo World Cup, another test event for the 27th Summer Universiade, came to a close on December 2. Sambo wrestlers from 40 countries competed for podium spots in 18 medal events.

Team Russia, the host of the competition, won the most medals (11 in total, including 3 golds).  

Vladimir Balykov, the winner in the men's 68kg event, was incredibly happy to take the title, himself being a representative of a dynasty of wrestlers - his father is a Merited Coach of Russia in Sambo. Vladimir plans to continue his medal streak during the 2013 Summer Universiade. "I have a huge desire to represent Russia at the Universiade; it's the second largest sporting event following the Olympic Games," he said. "Indeed, it's a great pride to compete for Russia. My heart fills with joy every time the Russian national team wins."

Nikolay Lapshin dreams of participating in the Universiade as well. He claimed men's 57kg gold. Born in Tatarstan, Nikolay took up sambo when a child. His best recipe for success is positive thinking and attitude for victory. "When you win, you are overwhelmed with emotions for an hour or two but then you realise that this victory is only for today, you need to train further," he said. "You need to prove yourself at the forthcoming competitions. You win - you get the berth in the Universiade."

Krystsina Zhukavets of Belarus, the gold medallist in the women's 68kg event and the only representative of her home nation at the University Sambo World Cup, is confident that a will to victory is the main secret of success. "All my opponents are in very good shape. Each of them wants to take the title but the one who is stronger psychologically and physically wins," she said. "My mother's and friends' support and my desire to win contributed to my success."

Many distinguished guests attended the tournament. Among their number was Oleg Matytsin, FISU 1st Vice-President, Russian Student Sports Union (RSSU) President. In his interview after the competition he said that sambo was deservedly added to the programme of the 27th Summer Universiade. 200 athletes from 40 countries is a good turnout for this sport. Oleg Matytsin also stressed the importance of such high-profile competitions to young athletes. "The value of all university competitions held under the auspices of FISU lies in a chance to upgrade skills," he said. "It's a very high-profile tournament for students. Most athletes are already members of national teams. After winning this competition they are likely to seek to defend their country's honour at the Universiade." Oleg Matytsin is positive that after staging a successful Sambo World Cup, one can be assured that the Universiade sambo tournament will be held at the highest level. 

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University Sambo World Cup: impressions and emotions

The 2012 University Sambo World Cup, another test event for the 27th Summer Universiade, came to a close on December 2. Sambo wrestlers from 40 countries competed for podium spots in 18 medal events.