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Greetings on the opening of a memorial to sambo founders Viktor Spiridonov, Vasily Oshchepkov and Anatoly Kharlampiyev

December 18, 2020

Vladimir Putin congratulated participants in the ceremony for unveiling a memorial to sambo founders Viktor Spiridonov, Vasily Oshchepkov and Anatoly Kharlampiyev, as well as Russia’s sambo community.

The message reads, in part:

“We and our future generations will never forget those who pioneered sambo in the 1920s and who formulated and developed its philosophy and traditions. This form of unarmed self-defence, which incorporated the best practices of national martial arts, is a truly unique sport that fosters the development of high moral principles, strong will, civic responsibility, endurance and self-discipline.

I would like to stress that the memorial you are opening today has an important and noble mission: to commemorate our outstanding compatriots whose selfless devotion led to the creation of sambo, which has since become popular throughout the world. There is no doubt that young athletes will meet at this monument in Luzhniki’s Alley of Glory, where winners and veterans will be celebrated and other important events will be held.

I would like to express my deep and sincere gratitude to the All-Russian Sambo Federation, the Russian Military Historical Society, the Moscow Government and the talented group of designers for this major project of great importance.”

December 18, 2020