There is great news in the world of kickboxing, muay thai and sambo. The International Olympic Committee has announced that the three mentioned combat sports have obtained Olympic recognition. While kickboxing and sambo had a provisional recognition dating back to 2018, this is a full recognition.
Vasily Shestakov, President of the International Sambo Federation, said the following:
«A moment of true joy has come to our great sambo family. FIAS received provisional recognition from the IOC three years ago, and during this time we have had to show the whole world and ourselves that we deserve more. This period coincided with a difficult situation in the world: the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected all aspects of life, including the organization and holding of sporting events.
“But we have learned to work in crisis conditions, to adapt to various restrictions and to hold international tournaments in unconventional conditions. At first, the mission seemed impossible, however, joint efforts allowed us to get ahead. This was made possible in large part thanks to the well-coordinated work of the national and continental sambo federations and, of course, the support of our general partner Rosneft. ‘
Roy Baker, President of the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, also gave his opinion.
«Again we make history for our sport and this is a memorable day for our entire community and an inspiration to continue developing our sport within the Olympic family of sports. Today I thank President Bach for his continued support and the IOC members for the trust they have placed in us to join the Olympic family of sports.
«As the leader of the organization, simply I needed a boost like this to keep pushing our sport by ensuring it has a sustainable future among combat sports within the olympic family. Thanks to all the people in our organization who have contributed. Thanks to the IOC members who have accepted us, the IOC Sports Department and the IOC Executive Commission and its President, Thomas Bach, for understanding our sport and recommending us. “