By Laman Ismayilova
The European Sambo Championship kicked off in Prague, the Czech Republic.
The tournament brought together 282 sambo wrestlers from 23 countries.
Young Azerbaijani sambo wrestlers have grabbed two bronze medals on the first day of the tournament.
The medals came from Yashar Najafov (60kg) and Emin Huseynov (62kg), Azertac reported.
In 2016, Azerbaijani sambo fighter Yashar Najafov (56 kg) became the winner of the World Championship held in Ployeshti, Romania.
Other national fighter Emin Huseynov grabbed the bronze medal at the World MMA Championship in Prague last year.
Wrestling remains the most popular sport in the county and is overseen by the National Wrestling Federation, which was established in 1993.
The Rio Games opened a new page in wrestling for Azerbaijan. The country became one of only two nations ever to increase the number of medals achieved in five consecutive Games.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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