Tajik athletes have won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the 2019 World Youth and Junior Sambo Championships that took place in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent from October 11 to October 13, 2019.

Muhammadsharif Najmiddinov won the gold medal for in -74kg weight category, defeating Russian sambo fighter Yegor Sukhoparov in the final.  

Somon Sangov and Aminjon Kholov grabbed silver medals for Tajikistan finishing second in -52kg and -48kg weight categories respectively.

Muhammadjon Odinyaev, Subhiddin Khalilzoda and Buzurgmehr Isoyev won bronze medals -87kg, -70kg and -60kg weight categories respectively.   

About 500 athletes from some 50 countries of the world have competed for medals in 40 individual divisions at the 2019 World Youth and Junior Sambo Championships in Tashkent.    

Russia overwhelmingly dominated the Championships in Tashkent by winning a massive haul of gold medals and all four team titles.  Sambo fighters from the sport's birthplace reportedly won 24 out of the 40 individual divisions.

The host nation (Uzbekistan) athletes were the next best performers with just four gold medals.  Ukraine, Georgia and Kazakhstan won three gold medals apiece while there were two for Mongolia and one for Tajikistan.

Sambo is a Soviet martial art and combat sport.  It originated in the Russian SFSR in Soviet Union.  The word "SAMBO" is a portmanteau for samozashchita bez oruzhiya, which literally translates as "self-defense without weapons."  Sambo is relatively modern, since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet NKVD and Red Army to improve hand-to-hand combat abilities of the servicemen.  It was intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts.