WAKO officials visiting the city of Bilbao regarding inspection of facilities and organization capability for WAKO European Championships in K1 Rules, Low Kick and Full Contact
“WE WILL HAVE EXTRAORDINARY CHAMPIONSHIPS”
Our visit to Spain and the city of Bilbao, in order to check how preparation for upcoming WAKO European Championships is going on, was more than satisfying because of the job already done by promoter. Moreover, we got impression that, beside the fact that technical organization of Championships will be on very high level, we will also have Spain as real, good and honest host for all of our members participating in this great WAKO event.
These are the first impressions that we, Mr. Espen Lund (WAKO acting President), Mr. Borislav Pelevic (WAKO Europe President and WAKO IF Vice-president) and Mr. Salim Kaiyci (WAKO IF Executive Board member and WAKO Europe Vice-president) had after successful journey to Spain.
But, let us start from the beginning:
WAKO promoters of this region, Mr. Mendioroz Borja, Mr. Jose Vicente Eguzkiza and WAKO Spain President, Mr. Juanjo Rodriguez were our kind hosts at the first visit to the City Hall of Bilbao.
After very constructive meeting with Mrs. Sabin Anuzita, Bilbao Councilor of Sports, we had a press conference for local media in which we could see that there is significant interest in this event which will take place in October 2014.
City of Bilbao offers a great possibilities concerning hotel accommodation. Sport hall in which Championships will be organized has all necessary facilities for hosting such a big event with huge number of participants. Hotels are very good, distance between hotels and sport hall is that kind that requires simple logistics when it comes to transportation.
After the presentation of the planned hotel for accommodation of all participants and sport hall, WAKO Spain, as promoter of next WAKO European Championships has got “green light” for their future work.
Despite the fact that they had relatively short time, promoters, the City Government of Bilbao and the Basque Region made a great job so far. Because of that we can all be sure that next WAKO European Championships will be another great WAKO event.
The beauty of Bilbao and the Basque Region in general is well known all around the World. We will have the privilege to enjoy in it.
WAKO Europe President
Prof. Borislav Pelevic Ph.D.
For the first time ever in WAKO history on December 1st 2013 General Assembly for foundation of WAKO European kickboxing Federation (WAKO EUROPE) took place at Pine Maritim Beach Resort in Antalya, Turkey, during the Senior World Championships for Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light, Full Contact and Musical Forms, that is taking place from 29th November to 8th December 2013.
Mr. Borislav Pelevic, President of Serbian Kickboxing Federation, was elected as President of the WAKO EUROPE, new WAKO Continental Division, by unanimous decision.
Among the Board members were elected the following:
President - Borislav Pelevic ( Serbia)
First Vice- President - Roy Baker (Ireland)
Vice-President - Francesca Falsoni (Italy)
Vice-President – Salim Kayici (Turkey)
Vice-President - Yury Filimonov (Russia)
Boyan Kolev (Bulgaria)
Rene Bosch (Switzerland)
Aleksandra Nedelkovska (FYR Macedonia)
Katarzyna Kociszewska ( Polland)
Olga Pavlenko ( Ukraina)
Nicolaus Gstaettner (Austria)
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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)