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Doha Hosts Sambo Exhibition Performances Sponsored by Rosneft

12 February 2019

Aspire Zone sports complex in Doha hosted an exhibition performance of Russian sambo athletes during the celebration of National Sports Day in Qatar. Rosneft Oil Company provided for the event as its main sponsor.

The exhibition show, as well as a series of workshops by the seven best Russian sambo athletes, introduced the locals to the unique martial art, which is one of the most popular and favourite sports in Russia.

In between the sport performances, everyone could take self-defence lessons from qualified coaches and take part in various workshops and prize-bearing contests. The visitors were highly engaged in the sambo zone. Also, the event featured a documentary photography exhibition embracing the 80 years of the Russian sambo history.

The event was attended by His Highness Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, brother of the Emir of Qatar; Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Qatari Ambassador in Russia; Nurmakhmad Kholov, Russian Ambassador in Qatar; Yury Kalinin, Rosneft VP for HR and Social Policy; Elena Zavaleeva, Rosneft VP - State Secretary; Vasily Shestakov, President of the International Federation of Amateur Sambo; and others.

Note for Editors:

Rosneft Oil Company is the leader of Russia’s petroleum industry and the world’s largest publicly traded petroleum company. Company’s main activities include prospecting and exploration of hydrocarbon deposits, oil, gas and gas-condensate production, upstream offshore projects, processing, as well as oil, gas, and product marketing in Russia and abroad.

Rosneft contributes significantly to the development of children’s and popular sports. The Company sponsors construction of ice rinks, sports complexes, and multi-functional sports fields. The Company supports both the amateur and professional sports.

Rosneft has been the main sponsor of the International Federation of Amateur Sambo since 2016. The period of cooperation comprises over a dozen of robust championships on the national and international levels. In the end of 2018, sambo was recognised as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee. The recognition by IOC makes it possible for the martial art to be admitted in the Olympic Games. Sambo is considered a national and top-priority sport in Russia.

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February 12, 2019