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Christmas greetings from Mr Istvan Kiraly

Dear WAKO Europe Member!!

To me, the winter holiday represents a peaceful time to spend time with our loved ones and reflect on the year that has passed. Our sport has seen great successes despite the pandemic affecting our day to day lives, such as the inclusion in the 2023 European Games and the full IOC recognition. These could not have been achieved without our persistent members passionate about developing and promoting our sport of Kickboxing. Let us take a moment to value the past accomplishments and set goals for the coming year. I sincerely thank you all for your dedicated work and I hope you can recover during the holiday so that we can set to develop our beloved sport invigorated in the new year. 

Istvan Kiraly
President - WAKO Europe
Vice President - WAKO
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Registrations for EUSA Games 2022 - Lodz, Poland are open

Dear All,

Please receive attached all relevant information about EUSA Games which will be held in Lodz, Poland from July 14th, to July 19th, 2022.
Please, pay attention on this important event for WAKO Europe and work closely with your National University Sports Association in order to make sure that all of your athletes who have right to participate have opportunity to do that.
Please, be aware that we all have to start working on this important issue as soon as possible.
In case you need any additional assistance don't hesitate to contact us.

Thank you in advance for your kind co-operation.

With best regards,

Istvan Kiraly
President - WAKO Europe
Vice President - WAKO

Dear kickboxing friends

Registrations for European Universities Games 2022 are open

EUSA GAMES Lodz 2022 KICKBOXING Brochure 1European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the local organising committee of the European University Games 2022 in Łódź, Poland are happy to announce that the registration for next year's events is open! European Universities Games (kickboxing – PF,KL,FC,K1) will be held in Łódź, Poland from July 14 – 19, 2022.

Please see the event pages https://eug2022.eu/en/main/ for details and contact the national university sports body in your country (ctrl+click to open link) to register.

EUSA web page with all information and for registration with instruction is: https://eug2022.eu/en/registration/  


Each national kickboxing federation (NKBF) should contact and co-operate with the National University Sports Association (NUSA) in the shortest time and agree on further cooperation and communication regarding the participation of kickboxers at the EUSA Games - Łódź, Poland 2022.

WAKO Brochure for EUSA Games for kickboxing please find enclosed.

2022 EUSA Registrations Guide for Contact person
2022 EUSA Registrations Guide for NUSA
EUSA GAMES - Lodz 2022 - KICKBOXING - Brochure

WAKO Europe elected a new President

Mr. Istvan Kiraly (HUN) has been elected as the WAKO Europe president for the 4 years mandate, at the duly conveened WAKO Europe General Assembly , 18th September 2021 in  Budapest. Before elections,  Istvan Kiraly has served the position of Acting President of WAKO Europe for past 2 years.

With the election of the new President, it was also elected the new Board of Directors with the appointments of Vice-presidents. All proposals have been voted unanimously.

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The first Vice president of WAKO Europe is Mr. Salim Kayici (TUR)  and the other two are Mr. Espen Lund (NOR) and Mrs.Francesca Falsoni (ITA).

The members of the Board are:

Michell Kovacova (Slovakia)

Olga Pavlenko (Ukraine)

Romeo Desa (Croatia)

Daimi Akin (Norway)

Donato Milano (Italy)

Nadir Alouache (France)

Katarzyna Kociszewska (Poland)

Ivan Georgiev (Bulgaria)

Andrey Kotov (Russia)

Zsolt Mórádi (Hungary)

Jesus Eguía (Spain)

Tomaz Barada (Slovenia)

Nikolaus Gstättner, treasurer of WAKO Europe (Austria).

New WAKO Europe president with Board of Directors

The new elected President specially thanked for extraordinary efforts and commitment in the last period to: Mr. Roy Baker, WAKO President, for his hard work and leadership which brought WAKO and our sport to the highest possible level, Mr. Espen Lund for his tireless work, passion, and sport diplomacy contribution for WAKO, Tomaz Barada, without who it could not be possible to finish negotiation with European Olympic Committee, Peter Galambos for his work side by side with newly elected president in Hungarian national federation for many, many years and to all national presidents for the support.



Dear WAKO friends,

Balkan Open 2021 held in Tešanj 25.09.2021 / Bosnia and Herzegovina, participation number of entries 350, number of clubs 61, number of countries 10.

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Balkan Open was organized by CBS Tešanj and Kickboxing Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina.Competition supervisor was Mr.Salko Zildžić,chief judge Neđo Bratić,Bosnia and Herzegovina.Competition held on 3 tatamis and 1 ring.Event was heald in sport atmosphere.Balkan Open 2021 another great WAKO event has been successfully organised traditionaly 15 times.Top level of organisation has shown that,year after year this signification tournament has improved in every way-from sports,competing,overality and organisation to hospitality.Both female and male kickboxers has shown high quality in their performances and presented all the beauty of this sport.The complete event was broadcast live on Live Streamin TV.By this we would like to show our respect and thank to Promotor,Mr.Alija Ogrić

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Balkan Open was attended by Mayor of Tešanj and Deputy Prime Minister of the Zenica-Doboj Canton, as well as the sponsors of the event.Partipacipated competitors from Russia,Portugal,Slovenia,Hungary,Croatia,Serbia,Moldavia,Makedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Best team in tatami discipline Team Dusch 4 Belgorod Russia and best team in ring disciplines Favorit BH Bihać/Bosnia and Herzegovina

The judges made a very good job,and a lot of thanks goes to them

We thank all participants for coming.

See you next year…

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The official results of the Balkan Open 2021 was heal in www.sportdata.org and www.wakobalkanopen.com


Alija Ogrić
Vice President WAKO Balkan Kickboxing Union and
Vice President Kickboxing Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina


Dear WAKO members,


The European Olympic Committees (EOC) announce the inclusion of kickboxing and beach soccer onto the sport programme of the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023.

Kickboxing under the government of WAKO, which has recently received full Olympic status, is exciting, modern, contact sport which is already part of the Asian Games, African Games, World Games and Combat Games, so the inclusion into the European Games was a natural next step.

The World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) has experienced significant growth over the past decade and at European Games in Poland we will see 128 athletes competing for medals in both ring (full contact) and tatami (point fighting and light contact) disciplines.

"I am delighted at the inclusion of the sport of kickboxing into the official programme of the European Games 2023. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the EOC and local organising committees for making our inclusion possible. It continues our vision to showcase the very best athletes in Europe and share the positive and material values our sport has on the lives of people and the wider community that surrounds them,” said WAKO President Roy Baker (IRL).

EOC President Spyros Capralos (GRE) was delighted to welcome sport on board for 2023. “Beach soccer has already been a success at our Games and its party-like atmosphere is again likely to make it a must-see sport for everyone in Poland. With kickboxing, they have a clear vision for the development of their sport and have been creating opportunities for their top athletes globally. We are excited to see them at our Games and look forward to having another modern and exciting sport being showcased at the continental level.”

Chair of the European Games Coordination Commission Hasan Arat (TUR) praised all those involved in bringing the two sports to Krakow-Malopolska. “We have been in discussions with both sports for a number of months and all sides are very pleased that we can officially confirm their participation for the Games in 2023. We are really building an interesting and diverse sports programme and are confident that it will prove popular across the continent.”

WAKO Vice President and WAKO Europe acting President Istvan Kiraly (HUN) expressed his satisfaction after negotiations with EOC has been finished: “We are excited to work with the EOC and local organizing committees toward a common sustainable vision, showcasing our very best athletes in European sport. To be a part of upcoming European Games 2023 is extraordinary opportunity for our athletes in disciplines: Point Fighting, Full Contact and Light Contact kickboxing.”

The European Games are the continent’s premier multi-sport event for elite athletes and are held every four years. Beach soccer and kickboxing join the sports: 3×3 basketball, archery, badminton, beach handball, boxing, canoe, cycling, karate, modern pentathlon, muay thai, padel, shooting, ski jumping, sports climbing, taekwondo, teqball, triathlon and table tennis, as sports already on the 2023 programme.


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WAKO Europe
Istvan Kiraly (HUN)
Salim Kayici (TUR)
Francesca Falsoni (ITA)
Yury Filimonov (RUS)
Nikolaus Gstattner (AUT)
Katarszyna Kocisewska (POL)
Olga Pavlenko (UKR)
Daimi Akin (NOR)
Romeo Desa (HRV)
Tomaz Barada (SVN)
Michaela Kovacova (SVK)
Michail Trantafillou (GRC)



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