The Sambo federation of Yugoslavia was established on the 25th June, 1994. Since 1973 Svetozar Mihailovic-Draza, Veselin Novakovic and Radisav Markovic had made significant contribution to sambo development.
The beginning of sambo development is related to two prominent sambo athletes Yugoslav Slavko Obadov and Pavle Bajcetic, who participated in the first European Open championship, held in Riga (the Soviet Union). At the championship, bringing joy to everyone, Slavko Obadov won a silver medal while Pavle Bajcetic reached the fourth place.
In 1973 at the First sambo world championship held in Teheran (Iran) Yugoslavia was represented by two sportsmen Slavko Obadov and Dimitrios Konstatinidis.
In 1974 four sambo athletes from Novi Sad – Pavle Bajcetic and Momir Lucic (silver medalists), Slavko Obadov (bronze medalist) and Dimitrios Konstatinidis (the fifth place) participated in the European championship held in Madrid (Spain). During the championship, the FIAS congress was held, where Svetozar Mihailovic was elected as a chairman of FIAS Technical Committee.
In 1987 Yugoslavia took part in the European championship held in Sofia (Bulgaria). One sportsman competed and Nikola Dišković was the referee at this competition.
In 1993 the Yugoslav national sambo team was invited by Kstovo Sambo School to participate in the XVII world championship in Russia. At the FIAS Congress Svetozar Mihailovic was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the International amateur sambo federation and the chairman of the medical commission.
In the same year two sambo champions Nikolay Igruskin and Alexander Dunaev, and their coach Vladimir Kulkov came to Serbia for a few months to work as instructors. Their knowledge and experience improved sambo sport in the country.
In the same period Nikola Diskovic (Novi Sad, 1995; Krasnoyarsk, 2001), Branko Savic-Karson (Tokio, 1996) and Patrik Drid (Vladivostok, 2003) took participation at the world championships as the referees.
Previous results of sambo athletes at the world championships are the following:
Gold: Diana Moric (Thessaloniki, 2009).
Silver: Slavko Obadov (Teheran, 1973); Nevenka Cupovic (Prague, 2007); Tatjana Trivic (Thessaloniki, 2009).
Bronze: Dragana Milenkovic (Novi Sad, 1997; Kiev, 2000); Lidija Martinovic (Novi Sad, 1997); Tatjana Trivic (Krasnoyarsk, 2001; Vladivostok; 2003; Astana, 2005); Sanela Markovic (Sofia, 2006); Nevenka Cupovic (St. Petersburg, 2008); Snezana Delibasic (Thessaloniki, 2009); Vanja Mandic (Thessaloniki, 2009); Mirela Salijevic (Vilnius, 2011).
In spring 2015 the European sambo championship among youth and juniors will be held in Novi Sad.