International Sambo Federation (FIAS) vice-president Sergey Eliseev has been honoured with a golden belt award in Moscow.
The prizes are awarded by the Russian Union of Martial Arts to those who have made a significant contribution to combat sports.
Eliseev, who is also the President of the European Sambo Federation and the All-Russian Sambo Federation, was named as a laureate for his work developing martial arts.
He was awarded his prize by FIAS President Vasily Shestakov at an event held at Moscow's State Central Concert Hall.
All laureates receive a golden belt statuette made by the people's artist of Russia Alexander Rukavishnikov, himself a martial arts master.
Roman Novikov, a member of the FIAS Commission for athletes with disabilities, also won a golden belt in the "will to win" category.
He was presented with his accolade by Leo Boqueria, the President of public organisation the League of Health of the Nation.
Golden belts are only awarded once in a person's lifetime.