A son of known Tajik wrestler Saidmumin Rahimov, who was the first sambo world champion from Tajikistan, has been detained on suspicion of murder.

The 22-year-old Saidahmad Rahimov is suspected of killing his friend Muhammadjovid Zokirzoda, the resident of Chorbogh village in Varzob district.  

According to the Interior Ministry’s official press center, the tragedy reportedly took place on August 5.  Following quarrel over monetary debt, Saidahmad Rahimov reportedly inflicted 17 stab wounds on Muhammadjovid Zokirzoda.  Zokirzoda died on the spot. 

Saidmumin Rahimov (June 15, 1946 – February 13, 2009) was the first sambo world champion from Tajikistan.  

Sambo (self-defense without weapons) is combat sport and self-defense system developed in the Soviet Union and recognized as an official sport by the USSR All-Union Sports Committee in 1938.

Saidmumin Rahimov won world cup at the SAMBO World Championship in the -100 kg category in Minsk, Belarus in September 1975.  

Besides, Saidmumin Rahimov won the Soviet Union sambo championships twice – in 1973 and 1975.

For a long time, Saidmumin Rahimov had been chief coach of Tajikistan’s national sambo team.  From 1995 to 2004, he headed the Committee for Sports and Physical Training under the Government of Tajikistan and from 2004-2008, Saidmumin Rahimov was head of Tajikistan’s Judo Federation.