The European Sambo Championships will be staged at the Ak Bars Martial Arts Palace (1G Fatykha Amirkhana St.), Kazan on May 13-15, 2016. 254 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.