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WADA PUBLISHES ANTI-DOPING RESEARCH PROJECT OF CURRENT SOCIAL SCIENCE LITERATURE
RESEARCH PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:
· Social Science Research in the area of Anti-Doping has increased dramatically in the last ten years
· A focus on detection-deterrence methods limits the effectiveness of anti-doping programs
· Athletes and athlete support personnel in general, have received little formal anti-doping education. As a result, this leaves these populations more vulnerable and susceptible to doping
· Values-based education through moral reasoning and decision making are the most effective strategies in preventing doping in the first instance
WAKO European Championships
Greece Loutraki 19th-27th November 2016
From 19th till 27th November 2016 Greece hosted second part of the European Kickboxing Championship for disciplines: Point fighting, Kick Light, Musical forms and Full Contact .These days were fully packed with high-quality fighting, friendship and fair play.
This championship is the example of the big positive development within the WAKO organization as a whole. For all participants, this was a great opportunity to join and be inspired for the future work.
The highest marks for the condition in the sport hall
Great Opening ceremony
With 480 participants from 33 countries, WAKO continues to show strength in Europe. Counting with the participants on the first part of the Championships held in Maribor, Slovenia, we have number of more than 1000 entries on the European Championships 2016.
Spain on the ceremony Turkey came with the most numerous team
With the participation of great, confirmed champions and legends of WAKO, fighters like Zsolt Moradi, Roman Brundl, McMenamy Robbie, Szabo Dorina, etc. we had also the newcomers who attended Championships of Europe for the first time. This was certainly inspiring for all of the participants.
The toughest discipline and category with much concurrence was for sure Full contact man -71kg, where we had the numerous number of registered participants. Interesting thing is that Turkey had the most numerous team, 49 athletes, even more than the host country, Greece.
Scheduled three days elimination fights passed very well and everybody was excited about the finals.
Medals statistics is as follows:
Three best nations are:
1. Russia (19 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze-total 33)
2. Hungary (9 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze - total 16)
3. Italy ( 5 gold, 9 silver, 13 bronze - total 27)
Igor Kulbaev most successful coach Russia
Fantastic success for the Russians: from 39 participants of the Championships, they brought home 33 medals, which means that their success was 84%.
Hanne Lauslehto Finland best female fighter
Europe got the new Champions and they will go home inspired to train even harder, remembering the great event but most important, looking forward to the positive future of the sport of Kickboxing.
European Championship 2016 - Awards
Best male fighter: Roland Veres (Hungary)
Roland Veres Best male fighter with his trainer
Best female fighter: Paulina Jarzmik (Poland)
Paulina Jarzmik best female fighter Poland
Best male fighter: Iurii Konikov (Russia)
Best female fighter: Hanne Lauslehto (Finland)
Most ethical coach - Elaine Small (Ireland)
Best referee - Tatami: Oriano De Bei (Italy)
Best referee - Ring: Farigat Kasymov (Russia)
Most successful coach: Igor Kulbaev (Russia)
Text by: Marijana Pelević
Photo by: Per Andreas Ringsby
End of first finals in European Championship
Todays big contest in matsport was between Robbie McMenamy and Zolt Moradi. Two fighters with incredible merits for the last 10 years. This match above all other was like a chess game two competent and capable athletes constantly meeting each other in finals, Moradi with his incredible flexibility and kicking over, and Mc Menamy with his incredible distance control and counter attack, always one that gets the entire area attention and is always extraordinarily close in the end. Zsolt Moradi ended up as Champion.
In the ring today the big fight was Thea Therese Næss from Norway against 18 years old Tennesse Randall from Great Britain. After a very exposive start with some fantastic head kicks Tennessee was ahead at the end of the 1st round. Thea used all her experience to claw her way back into the fight, remaining calm landing some good right hands bringing the scores very close at the end of the 2nd round. Tennessee again started the final round very strong scoring with the side kicks to the head following up with solid punches, Thea managed to stay in the fight
within 1 point until 30 seconds remaining where she then used all her experience to snatch the victory in the dying seconds by a single point.
Tennessee Randall is a very unassuming young lady who has the skill, talent and work ethic to become one of WAKO full contact´s future stars. She is a huge asset to Team GB where she is very well looked upon by her teammates and coaches. After winning gold at the junior world championships this is her first Adult European championships and earned herself an incredible silver medal.
40 finals is over and we look forward to 17 more WAKO finals tomorrow.
PER ANDREAS RINGSBY
WAKO Media committee
WAKO EC Greece Loutraki, Schedule Saturday 26 November
The final day!
Schedule for Saturday 26 November
06:30 Transfer for Weight control
07:00 Weight control for ring sports competitors (KING SARON AND CASINO LOUTRAKI HOTELS)
08:30 - 11:00 Transfer to “G. GALANOPOULOS” stadium from hotels (see detailed program available at each hotel)
10:00 - 12:00 Nine finals Full Contact in the Ring, all Masters finals and TEAM Fights!
12:00 - 13:00 Musical Forms Hard Style with Weapon
13:00 - 15:00 Award Ceremony
15:00 - 19:00 Transfer to hotels.
Time schedule 26 November
European Championship in Loutraki, Greece. This has been a week packed with high quality fighting, friendship and Fair Play. This is a Championship that has shown us the big positive development within the sport and organization as a whole. Its a delight to see and be inspired.
With participants from 33 countries we continue to unite Kickboxing in Europe, and its good to see new faces enter our competition and grow the standards. We have fighters like Zsolt Moradi from Hungary, 8 time World Champion and 8 time European Champion, but also new fighters who attend for first time in a Championship and are inspired.
Promoter Mike Triantafillou has done a great job together with his staff for making this event and he is happy to bring the Championship to Greece.
Mr. Mike Triantafillou, WAKO Greece President with Mr. Roy Baker, WAKO Europe President
"WAKO Europe is delighted with the continued evolution of the sport worldwide. The second part of the Europeans truly shows the strength of the sport of Kickboxing in Europe, over the two championships we have had over 1,000 National Champions take to the ring and the mat, to be challenged and to be successful, that is what we do in Kickboxing, we allow people a fair, clean and empowering environment to excel in where the important of winning with Integrity and loosing with Dignity is paramount to the ongoing success of our sport in Europe and Worldwide. It is great to see such a positive under balance in Kickboxing with 33% of competitors Female and 67% male, that is a great indicator of how our sport is evolving and winning."
WAKO Europe Acting President Roy Baker
Now we have finished three days elimination rounds in the tournament and we are ready and excited for finals in Loutraki. Greece give us beautiful surroundings and WAKO Europe give us action, a perfect day!
PER ANDREAS RINGSBY
WAKO Media committee Chairman
First vice-president and acting president
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WAKO Europe Board
Francesca Falsoni (ITA)
Salim Kayici (TUR)
Yury Filimonov (RUS)
Borislav Pelević (SRB)
Daimi Akin (NOR)
Istvan Kiraly (HUN)
Aleksandra Nedelkovska (MKD)
Katarzyna Kociszewska (POL)
Olga Pavlenko (UKR)
Nicolaus Gstaettner (AUT)