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|A history of Sombo in a timeline format - Learn about an international wrestling style|
By Josh Henson USAW ad hoc Sombo Committee
Anatoly Kharlampief, Vasily Oschchepkov and Victor Spiridonov develop the framework for sombo.
Sombo is recognized as an official sport by the National Committee of Physical Culture of the USSR on 16 November, 1938, the date considered to be the birth date of sombo.
First National Sombo Championships held in the USSR in Moscow for individuals and teams, with participants from 8 soviet republics, plus Moscow and Leningrad.
Sombo accepted as an international sport and officially recognized as the third style of international wrestling by FILA, the International Amateur Wrestling Federation at the FILA Congress held during the 1996 FILA World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Toledo, Ohio, USA.
First international sombo tournament held in Riga (USSR) with athletes from Bulgaria, Mongolia, Yugoslavia and the USSR.
Second international sombo tournament held in Moscow, with participants from Bulgaria, Great Britain, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia and the USSR.
Third International sombo tournament held in Sochi (USSR).
Fourth international sombo tournament held in Tashkent (USSR), with participants from Bulgaria, Mongolia, Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, Japan and the USSR.
Sombo included in the national Spartakiade multisport games of the Soviet Union for the first time.
First European Championships and first continental Championships held in Riga (USSR) on 20-27 November 1972.
First FILA World Championships (for Senior Men) held in Tehran, Iran.
Second FILA World Championships (for Senior Men) held in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
First National Sombo Championships held outside Soviet Union (USA).
Third FILA World Championships (for Senior Men) held in Minsk, Russia (USSR).
First Continental Championships outside Europe and first Pan American Championships.
First World Cup of Sombo (team championships) held in Oviedo, Spain.
FILA creates the World Committee for Sombo Wrestling, a semi-autonomous committee of FILA to develop the sport of sombo internationally under the Auspices of FILA.
Fourth FILA World Championships held in Madrid, Spain.
First FILA World Championship for Espoir Men held in Madrid, Spain, in conjunction with the IV Senior Men's World Championships.
Second FILA World Cup of Sombo held in Oviedo with teams from Japan, Spain, USA and USSR.
Third FILA World Cup of Sombo held in Vigo, Spain with teams from Galicia, Spain, USA and USSR.
Sombo included in the Bolivarian Games of South America in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
Sombo included in the Cross of the South Games of South America in Rosario, Argentina.
Fourth FILA World Cup of Sombo held in Bilbo, Spain.
First appearance of Sombo in an international Multipart event and first appearance in the IX Pan American Games (Caracas, Venezuela).
First appearance of Sombo in the XII Hapeol Games in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Fifth FILA World Cup of Sombo held in Lyon, France.
First FILA Women's World Sombo Championships in Madrid Spain 27-30 October 1983.
FILA votes to allow sombo to become a separate international sport at the Olympic congress of FILA in Jonkoping, Sweden, held on 25 May 1984 during the 1984 FILA European Wrestling Championships.).
FIAS Constitutive Assembly held in Madrid, Spain on 13 June 1984 to create FIAS as an independent international Sport Federation for Sombo. Preliminary charter signed by 68 nations.
Sombo included in the International Happoel Games of Israel.
FIAS Constitutional Congress held on 16 May 1985 in Bilbao, Spain, attended by representatives of 25 charter nations). Constitution adopted and First officers elected.
FIAS recognized by General Assembly of International Sports Federations (GAISF), also know as the Association International des Federations Internationales de Sport (AGFIS), on 21 October 1985. FIAS accepted unanimously the first year it applies.
FIAS Accepted into International World Games Association (IWGA).
First appearance of Sombo as a sport in the World Games (London, England).
First World Cup outside Europe and first World Cup in Asia (Japan).
First World Cup in Africa (Casablanca, Morocco).
First World Cadet (15-16) Championships (West Orange, New Jersey, USA).
First World Junior (17-18) Championships.
Last Soviet Team Participates in World Championships in Montreal, Quebec (Canada).
Lithuania Accepted into FIAS (first former Soviet Republic independently recognized).
First Asian Championships.
First World Schoolboy (13-14) Championships (Herne Bay, England).
FILA Bureau votes to once again organize competition in Sombo at FILA Bureau meeting during 2005 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
FILA organizes first Continental Championships since the return of Sombo with Pan American Championships in Palm Beach Florida, USA. 30th Pan American Championships.
FILA organizes World Sombo Championships in Antalya, Turkey, in conjunction with World Beach Wrestling Championships and Turkish Folkstyle wrestling festival.