'I believe that our students will embrace and love SAMBO. This is a fine sport that has assimilated the best techniques of various martial arts. Besides, many sambists perform pretty successfully in MMA, which lends an extra publicity and weight to this sport. I think it will not take much time - perhaps, about 3-5 years for SAMBO to spread in China. Of course, to attain this, it is important to do a lot, and the recognition of SAMBO by the International Olympic Committee will greatly facilitate the development of SAMBO in China. But the most important thing is that this martial art is truly congenial to us, which means that SAMBO has every chance of becoming popular in China,' claimed Gong Maofu back at that time in his interview to the FIAS website.
Upon returning to his homeland, he was going to share the new material immediately with his students.
'It is important for me to see their reaction. If I see their interest, I have plans to create a SAMBO club at my university,' remark the martial arts expert.
Chengdu Sport University became the first higher school in China where a sports-oriented English-language department was created, aimed at training translators for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For its contribution to the national initiatives in sports, the university is regarded by Chinese as one of the three leading sports universities of their country.