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28 July 2020, 13:27

Winners of Belarusian grappling tournament named

MINSK, 28 July (BelTA) – Winners of the national grappling tournament Zhara have been named in Minsk, Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Grappling Federation Roman Markovsky told BelTA.

According to Roman Markovsky, this was the first competition following a long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The 3-on-3 team event was held for the first time in the history of Belarusian grappling. The total weight of the team cannot exceed 250kg. Eight teams took part in the event. Athletes from Minsk won the final 2-1,” he said.

Sergei Rylach was victorious in the individual event 75kg. Second was Yan-Vintsent Lutsevich. Konstantin Tomashevich placed third.

Belarusian sambo wrestler, many-time champion and medalist of international competitions Andrei Kazusenok won the individual event +75kg. Mikhail Fedorovich finished second, Yevgeny Verkhov – third. “It was a great competition. I am happy to get new experience in this sport,” Andrei Kazusenok said.

The athlete added that the competition season will culminate with a continental championship in Poznan, Poland, which is due on 3 October. Andrei Kazusenok plans to take part in the competition, too. “I am friends with 2008 Olympic champion, Japanese judoka Satoshi Ishii. I sent him videos from the tournament Zhara. He hailed its format,” Andrei Kazusenok said.

The European ADCC Grappling Championship will be a qualifier for the world event.

Grappling is a sport that consists various combat disciplines. Grappling most commonly does not include striking or the use of weapons.

Photos by the Belarusian Grappling Federation

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