The national sports associations of cricket and sambo have been accepted as members of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
The General Assembly of the POC has approved the inclusion of the Pilipinas Sambo Federation and the Philippine Cricket Association during its meeting last month.
The PSFI, headed by Davao City First District Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles made their representations before the POC.
Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport created in the 1920s by the Soviet Red Army initially integrating the techniques of judo, jui-jitsu and catch wrestling.
The PSFI was founded two years ago in Davao City, and it is the national governing body of Sambo in the Philippines.
The local body is already recognized by the Federation International de Sambo (FIAS).
On the other hand, the PCA is represented by Faisal Khan, who is their chairman.
The PCA currently runs a 24-team men’s league out of the EAC field in Dasmarinas, Cavite.
They also have a four-team women’s league and an under-19 competition as well.