November 1, the “75th Anniversary of the Sambo, a Universal Combat Sport” postage stamp to be issued

The word “sambo” is a Russian acronym meaning “self defense without a weapon”. This martial art originated in the USSR.

November 16, 1938, the USSR Physical Culture and Sports Committee issued a decree on “Developing a Freestyle Wrestling”. This date is considered the official birth date of this sport.

Sambo combines the best practices of the national martial arts: stand-up fighting, Russian, Georgian, Tatar, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Uzbek wrestling as well as French-Finnish, American freestyle techniques, English wrestling of the Lancashire and Cumberland styles, Japanese judo and sumo etc.

The stamp has a picture of sambists with the corporate identity elements in the background specially designed for the Sambo 75th Anniversary.

There are four stamps in an illustrated cover and a FDC with cancellation inside.

Design: A. Drobyshev
Face value: 10 rub.
Size of stamp: 30
х42 mm.
Form of issue: sheet of 15 (5
х3) stamps.
Circulation: 450 thousand copies (30 thousand sheets).

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