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Sambo is an emerging medal source for RP sports – Nograles


“Sambo is just starting to take root in the country yet our sambo athletes have already brought us pride and honor in international competition,” was what Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Chairman of Pilipinas Sambo Federation, Inc. (PSFI) said after the Philippines harvested six medals in two days of SEA Games competition at the Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium in Pampanga.

The latest tally shows the Philippines having earned 2 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronzes at the sport.

The two golds were won by Mark Striegl in the Combat Sambo 74kg division and Chino Sy at the Sports Sambo 82kg division on the first day of competitions.

These were followed by two bronze medals from Patrick Paul Manicad in the Combat Sambo 82 kgs division and Jose Rene Mondejar III at the Combat Sambo 90 kgs division.

The second day proved equally successful, with veteran wushu artist and MMA star Rene Catalan winning silver at the Combat Sambo 57kg division after succumbing to his Indonesian opponent during the finals match, having played with an injury sustained from an illegal maneuver by his opponent in the semi-finals match.

A final bronze medal came from the mixed team event courtesy of Helen Aclopen, Mariane Mariano, Jedd Andre Kim, Renzo Cazenas and Patrick Dos Santos.

Sambo is a type of martial art and combat sport that was included for the first time in the SEA Games. Six countries sent teams — Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines..

Out of 530 events during the biennial sports meet, sambo was among twelve disciplines that made their debut.

Cabinet Secretary and PSFI Chair Nograles beamed at the stellar performance of the Filipino contingent, stating that the grassroots implementation of the sport has already produced results in so short a time.

“Our six medals show that we can compete and excel at the international level. We need to continue focusing our energies and resources to further developing sambo. It would open a lot of opportunities for our youth,” the Malacanang official stressed.

Nograles likewise took the opportunity to thank the teams, coaches and supporters for their dedication and commitment.

“This Sambo victory is a big win for the sport and for the country. We’re writing a new chapter with these SEA games results and we’ll take on the challenge of popularizing this combat sport so that more Filipinos will join and become aware of how dynamic and promising this martial art is, especially in terms of gaining acclaim for us in worldwide competition,” said the former Davao representative.###

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