The European Sambo Championships will be staged at the Ak Bars Martial Arts Palace (1G Fatykha Amirkhana St.), Kazan on May 13-15, 2016. 54 athletes from 31 European countries competed at the tournament. The championships were officiated by 20 national and 30 international judges.
The competition schedule featured events both in sport sambo and combat sambo. Bouts were contested in the following weight categories: 52, 57, 62, 68, 74, 82, 90, 100, +100kg (sports sambo, men); 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 80, +80kg (sports sambo, women); 52, 57, 62, 68, 74, 82, 90, 100, +100kg (combat sambo, men).
The European Sambo Championships are an international competition held under the auspices of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) and European Sambo Federation (ESF). The first edition was held in Riga (LAT) in 1972.
Kazan already has experience of staging major sambo competitions. In 2012, the city played host to the FISU World Sambo Championships and in 2013 the sambo tournament was held here as part of the 27th Summer Universiade.
The Russian national sambo team posted a convincing victory in the team event. The Russian sambo athletes earned a total of 16 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals.
The following athletes secured European champion titles at the tournament in Kazan: Ekaterina ONOPRIENKO (RUS), Alexander SALIKOV (RUS), Ivan LOZHKIN (RUS), Kirill SIDELNIKOV (RUS), Maria MOLCHANOVA (RUS), Arina PCHELINTSEVA (RUS), Valery SORONKOV (RUS), Denis DAVYDOV (RUS), David OGANESYAN (RUS), Mukhtar GAMZAEV (RUS), Vadim NEMKOV (RUS), Margarita GURTSIEVA (RUS), Anzhela GASPARYAN (RUS), Ruslan BAGDASARYAN (RUS), Ruslan GASANKHANOV (RUS), Khadis IBRAGIMOV (RUS), Niko KUTSIA (GEO), Beka BERDZENESHVILI (GEO), Nino ODZELASHVILI (GEO), Vakhtang CHIDRASHVILI (GEO), Marina ZHARSKAYA (BLR), Svetlana TIMOSHENKO (BLR), Andrey KAZUSENOK (BLR), Daniela POROINEANU (ROM), Grigor MKHITARYAN (ARM), Amil GASIMOV (AZE), Valentin BENISHEV (BUL).