Gender Equity in SAMBO
Among the commitments made by the International SAMBO Federation (FIAS) at its 2016 Annual Congress, aimed at boosting the chances of gaining International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition, was to encourage the development of the women's side of the sport.
The FIAS Executive Committee must now have at least a 25 per cent women's representation to conform to IOC standards.
In 2016, FIAS’ Women’s Commission chair Monique Athanase of Seychelles took part in a conference promoted by the International Working Group on Women and Sport in Botswana’s capital Gaborone.
She participated together with leaders from the United Nations, IOC, Peace and Sport and other organisations to discuss and exchange ideas on how to reshape women's participation in sport in Africa.
They concluded that the growth of female participation depends on all layers of society, stating that the media needs to increase coverage of women’s sport in order to build popularity.
On the other hand, it was agreed a strategy to attract spectators to the events is also crucial to show the media that they have a strong audience.
FIAS has witnessed an ever-growing increase in women’s participation at SAMBO events and has launched a gender equality campaign, entitled "Share Your Story", where female sambists are encouraged to share sporting challenges on their social media pages.
Its Women Commission has also been extremely active and in 2016, organised meetings with female athletes in an attempt to improve their sporting conditions and increase female participation.
SAMBO for Peace
The International SAMBO Federation (FIAS) has taken part in Peace and Sport’s White Card campaign, dedicated to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6, since its inception in 2013.
As part of the campaign, athletes are invited to take a photo or selfie with a White Card in their hands in order to express the symbolic gesture of the belief that sport can steadily change the world.
FIAS also helps to promote peace by nominating an ambassador for Peace and Sport’s Champions for Peace club.
Launched in 2009, the Champions for Peace club provides athletes with a structure for action, so that the impact of their commitment to peace through sports projects reaches the widest possible audience.
Their combined action and their determination helps to demonstrate that sport can be more than performance alone and play a genuine role to serve society.
As part of FIAS’s cooperation with the organisation Peace and Sport, SAMBO athletes participate in Friendship Games, which are the culmination of the organisation’s extensive peacemaking programme.
FIAS have also been supporting United Nations campaigns, aimed at stopping violence against women.
Amur Tiger Preservation
A cooperation agreement was signed between the International SAMBO Federation (FIAS) and the "Centre for the Study and Conservation of the Amur Tiger" in 2015.
The two parties jointly organise and run a variety of events directed at the development and popularisation of SAMBO, and attracting public attention to the problem of preserving and increasing the Amur tiger population.
The Amur tiger population has decreased significantly during the 20th century, with the last census, conducted in 2005, claiming that no more than 500 remain in the wild.
The largest tiger subspecies in the world, which has a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, has become rare primarily due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting.
Virtually the entire population lives in Russia, although it is sometimes found in China, mainly along the Russian border.
The Amur tiger was selected as the mascot of FIAS in 2015.
FIAS also takes part in the International Tiger Day, an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held on July 29.
In 2016, the celebration took place at Muzeon park of arts in Moscow, where visitors had the opportunity to try out SAMBO.