Photo 2: From left to right:
-Mr. Nasser Nassiri, President of WAKO Asia and VP of WAKO IF, President of Iranian Kickboxing Federation
-Mr. Richard Leyrer, Member of Hungarian National Olympic Committee, VP of WAKO IF and President of Hungarian Kickboxing Federation
-Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee
-Mr. Salim Kayıcı, Executive Board Member of WAKO IF, VP of WAKO Europe and President of Turkish Kickboxing Federation
-Mr. Borislav Pelevic, VP of WAKO IF and President of WAKO Europe, President of Serbian Kickboxing Federation
-Mr. Buğra Erdem, Member of Turkish Kickboxing Federation
President of Turkish Kickboxing Fedeation, member of the executive board of WAKO IF and the vice president of WAKO Europe, Mr. Salim Kayıcı was with the prime minister of Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Mr. Erdoğan was kind enough to put on the kickboxing gloves, after Mr. Kayıcı's request.
After the ironic photo, which was taken during Mr. Erdoğan's party's municipal election campaign, Mr. Salim Kayıcı presented the prime minister the official tracksuit of Turkish National Kickboxing team with national athlete Ramazan Çiçek, 2013 World Champion in the discipline of low kick.
Kickboxing has been elected as a member association of the International World Games Association (IWGA) following a vote at the general annual meeting.
With all 36 member associations present at the meeting, the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) received 26 votes to become officially recognised as a member of IWGA.
The International Pentathlon Union (UIPM) and International Wushu Federation Amateur (IWUF), who also applied for membership, failed to receive the necessary number of votes to gain acceptance as an IWGA member federation at this meeting held in conjunction with the SportAccord International Convention.
Although an official member federation, WAKO does not gain automatic qualification onto the World Games sports programme . We need to apply for full inclusion on this programme.
But, good job have been already done because WAKO will be a part of the invitational programme in the next Games in Worclaw in 2017.
Next step in WAKO is to to strengthen our application to be an official sport inside the programme at the next Games and to apply for the IOC recognition.
Next edition of the World Games will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, 2017.
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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)