The Nerush Cup was held in Israel in the build-up to the European Sambo Championships ©FIAS

The Nerush Cup sambo tournament was held in Israel as the country prepares to stage the European Championships.

Held in memory of Alexander Nerush, who died after a battle with cancer aged 28, the competition was staged for the fifth time.

More than 260 athletes took part from 11 countries in youth, cadet and adult weight divisions.

It took place with Israel due to host the European Championships in Haifa between April 19 and 23.

"The traditional Nerush Cup is held in honour of Alexander Nerush, a former Israeli sambo team athlete," said Pavel Musin, the vice-president of the Israel Sambo Federation.

Israeli sambist Alexander Nerush died at the age of 28 ©FIAS
Israeli sambist Alexander Nerush died at the age of 28 ©FIAS

"In parallel to his athletic qualities, he also had a scientific gift and at the age of 28 he was a professor in the department of organic chemistry. 

"The work of Alexander was recognised by the international community of chemists as a breakthrough of the century in organic chemistry, and, after his death, representatives of 24 countries continue to develop this work for the benefit of mankind."