Ukraine Sambo Federation President Vadim Rogach has praised organisers after more than 400 athletes took part in the National Cadet Sambo Championships.
The Kharkov oblast, which won the team event, also came in for praise from Rogach.
Kharkiov is "our flagman in training of sambo athletes", Rogach declared.
The athletes, from 20 oblasts, competed in 10 categories at the competition in Kherson, which will be used to determine Ukraine's team for the European Cadet Sambo Championships in The Netherlands in December.
"Honestly speaking, it was not easy to get to the national team, more than 400 athletes came to the mats of the Kherson Higher School of Physical Culture," Rogach said.
"Organisers of this competition headed by Ivan Litvinenko did a great work."
The event took place on April 24 and 25.
In February, the Ukraine Sambo Federation staged National Youth Sambo Championships in Kharkiv, which signalled the start of the competitive action following disruption to the calendar cause by the coronavirus pandemic.