On 5-6 October 2018, the International Sambo Tournament (A Category) for the Prizes of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan took place in the Ak Bars Martial Arts Palace (1g Fatykha Amirkhana St.). More than 200 athletes from 25 countries gathered to compete for medals in 27 weight categories.
The decision to establish the International Sambo Tournament for the Prizes of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan was made during the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) Executive Committee meeting in Ploiești, Romania in 2017. The A category was assigned to the tournament this year. It allows the winners of the tournament to get the right to be awarded the title of master of sports of international class, and gain rating points for the participation in the European Games 2019.
The tournament will bring together representatives of the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Greece, Estonia, Romania, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Palestine, Mongolia, Belarus, and Russia.
The tournament is organized by the International Sambo Federation (FIAS), All-Russian Sambo Federation, Sambo Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan, Directorate for Sports and Social Projects, Ak Bars Holding Company, General Promoter of the Sambo Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan – ANO Ak Bars Art Creative Association