Trinidad and Tobago’s Keron Bourne has won his first fight at the Combat Sambo World Championships in Morocco Casablanca early this morning.
Bourne was the first person of a four man T&T team to compete in the tournament. He won his fight against Mario Monteior of Brazil in the 57kg category. The other members include Joash Walkins, Martin Joseph and Terron Diaz. The team is accompanied by the President of the National Sambo Federation, Jason Fraser and the vice president Kelvin Guy.
The win puts Trinidad and Tobago in a good position, moving forward in the tournament with, Joseph and Walkins also scheduled to compete as well today. Sambo is a relatively new sporting division in the country, with the National Sambo Federation being in existence for only four years. Despite this the T&T team has garnered respect from the international Sambo community, with the Russian Sambo Federation going as far as to provide the National team with $650,000 worth of equipment. This was due to the impressive performances of the Trinidad and Tobago team in recent years.
The National team will be competing in various categories at the Sambo World Championships, which runs from November 12th to the 16th. The Trinidad and Tobago Sambo Federation President expects the team to medal despite the competition.