Int’l sambo body lauds POC for Team PH performance in world tourney

December 7, 2023, 7:42 pm

MANILA – The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) congratulated the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) for the country’s successful campaign in the world championships in Armenia where Sydney Sy clinched a bronze medal.

“It is with great pleasure that the FIAS congratulates you on the success of the Philippine sambo team at the recent world championships in Yerevan (Armenia),” FIAS secretary general Roberto Ferraris told POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino in a letter.

Sy clinched bronze in the women’s +80 kg. class in the world championships that gathered elite sambists from 62 nations in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Nov. 10-12.

“We’re thankful to FIAS for appreciating the efforts of Pilipinas Sambo Federation (PSF) and Sydney’s accomplishment on the world stage,” Tolentino said in a news release issued on Thursday.

“The POC is always here for the athletes and their campaign overseas.”

Sy, daughter of Pilipinas Sambo Federation president Paolo Tancontian, and her teammates placed 16th overall in the competitions.

“Her (Sy’s) effort signifies the strength of Team Philippines as a strong combat sports country,” Tolentino added.

“We express our sincere gratitude for your unwavering support and active involvement in promoting Sambo internationally,” Ferraris said in the letter. “Your contributions have played a significant role in Philippines’ outstanding performance.”

Tancontian thanked the POC and FIAS for recognizing the achievement of Sy and the performance of the other Filipino sambists. (PR)