Fedor Emelianenko Becomes New Ambassador for SportAccord World Combat Games 2013
September 5, 2013
Former MMA star Fedor Emelianenko has been announced as the new sport ambassador for the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games.
Sports ambassadors will be engaged in promotion of their sports and the world of martial arts & combat sports as a whole via press conferences, treat radio and television interviews, medstore | as well as publications in International and Russian newspapers and magazines. Appointed by the International Sambo Federation (FIAS), Mr Emelianenko has been nominated to represent the sport of sambo.
Fedor Emelianenko, 37, was born in Rubezhnoye, Ukraine and started his successful career in 1997 when he won the title ‘Master of Sports in Sambo’ (Russia). He gained world popularity thanks to his triumphant performance at mixed martial arts tournaments and was considered the best heavyweight fighter for the decade in which he remained undefeated. Among his achievements, he was crowned four-time Combat Sambo World Champion, seven-time Russian Champion, and was awarded the prestigious Order for Merit to the Fatherland (II class) and Order of Peter the Great (I class).
“Participation in these tournaments allows Sambo to be the most universal martial art suitable for mixed wrestling” said Fedor, who has gained experience from various wrestling types such as sambo, judo, boxing, and mixed martial arts.
SportAccord’s General Director Mr Vlad Marinescu commented: “The Ambassador Programme is a perfect addition to the World Combat Games’ Cultural Programme presenting an excellent opportunity for the Ambassadors to serve as role models and heroes while promoting values of their sport in their home country, as well in an international context.”
World Combat Games take place from 18-26 October 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.