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Szeged 2014 report

Interview with  Mr. Ferenc Nèmet, Hungarian kickboxing federation board member  and main organizer of World cup in Szeged

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Satisfied with results and competition

  These week end was reserved for Hungarian open tournament World Cup, where were gathered best fighters from Europe. We had three days of very good competition. 25 countries participated, 1100 fighters came these days in Szeged not to enjoy only in competition but also in this charming town.

Main impressions about the competition are:

    “We didn`t have much problems in organization, everything is going well. There are 120 fights in the rings daily. We  didn`t have one fight with complains for the result so we can see that judging is going fine. The fighters gave to public clean, good fights.

   We have  here the  best ring and tatami fighters, former World and European champions. They are testing their readyness for the upcoming World and European Championships.  Hungary brought here very good fighters and we expect from them a lot.

   We see in K1, hegemony of Belarus is still going on, they are here with very strong fighters. Very good Serbian fighters are here also.

   Unfortunately, concerning tatami sports, we don`t have Italian and Ireland team here.

   As for our fighters, this competition is for sure very good opportunity to select among them the best for upcoming Championships in Spain and Slovenia.

   We are very well supported from our government and Ministry of sports.

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Mr. Richar Leyrer, Mr. Borislav Pelevic, Mr. Istvan Kiraly, Mr. Tamas Deutsch and Mr. Ferenc Nemet.

   Here  we have special guest, Mr. Tamás Deutsch a Hungarian politician and member of the European Parliament. He was member of the Hungarian Parliament between 1990 and 2009 and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports between 1999 and 2002.

   I have to stress that in our country, from a year ago, there are everyday sport activities for kids in elementary schools. I find it of great importance when  we discuss sport. “

Here is the link for the results:


Complete image gallery is on this link

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Yōkoso Dutch Open 2014

On the 10th of May the Yōkoso Dutch Open 2014 took place in the Emergohal, Amstelveen. Over 720 entries from 18 countries took part in what is known as the friendly tournament. With some of the best organisation seen at any tournament using state of the art technology courtesy of Sportdata, entrants knew to the minute, the expected time for their fight to start. Scores and results went out online in real time so family and friends could stay up to date with how the competition from the comfort of their own home. Sportdata registered 1.900 unique visitors that were following the event on Liveblog. All together they had over 400.000 clicks, which means actual clicks or website renewals with a new scoring results. This numbers were obtained without most people even knowing that this was possible and without promoting this. Furthermore it was possible to capture 4 tatamis on video with the scores embedded in the video shoot. Hopefully this system will be adapted in more tournaments soon.


The tournament covered four aspects of kickboxing, point fighting, light continuous, traditional forms and musical forms and some of the best competitors from Europe were there to try to get on the podium. Ten tatamis were in use, two more than last year which, in conjunction with the computer system and the all of the WAKO referees present saw the event finish before 20:00

The day started off with light continuous, where the judges made use of electronic tablets to keep score and had names on the podium like Elijah Everill, Petar Zhivkov, Dale Bannister and Paulina Jarzmik, all well known names from WAKO World and European tournaments. The point fighting divisions made up the larger portion of entrants and again there was no shortage of well known fighters. In the juniors Joyce Poppe of Belgium and Elijah Everill from the UK took gold in two divisions each while in the seniors, Shannon Ryan, Evelyn Neyens, Tilen Zajc and Anatoli Kuschnir all managed to win double gold.

The highlight of the day, the adult grand champions divisions were last to take place  and saw Evelyn Neyens, Gemma Upfold, Maria Semenova and Monica Engeset make it to the semi finals of the ladies division. After two tough bouts, Semenova of Russia, and Engeset of Norway made it into the final where the Russians height and reach advantage proved too much for Monica, and Maria was crowned grand champion.


Tilen Zajc, already having won two divisions, along with Timmy Sarantoudis, Sean McCarthy and Carvin Burke were all in the semi finals of the mens division. Sean McCarthy, last years grand champion went into the final to face Zajc but was unable to defend his title successfully as the Slovenian was on top form all day and determined to take the title and the prize money.

This was the last year that the Yokoso Dutch Open will be a one day event as next year on the 11th and 12th of April, there will be most likely new divisions added to the event to include the ring sports, K-1.

View the highlights from the competition at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzXN6_K1uDo and for a full list of results go to  

We would like to once again thank all the referees, staff, crew, coaches and fighters that came to the Yōkoso Dutch Open to make this event a big success.

Danny Slevin (Brannmanndan) was there to capture everything on tape and special thanks to him for his amazing work.

Many thanks, hugs and kisses from Yokoso Dutch Open team.

The Friendly Tournament

WAKO IF Board meeting

WAKO IF board meeting was held in Vienna, 22th and 23th April 2014.

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Photo 1. Members of the meeting

On the first meeting day budget WAKO IF 2014 was accepted. On the proposal of the WAKO Europe President Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO Europe budget was increased for this year, knowing that WAKO Europe has to organize two European Championships; the first in Slovenia (4 tatami disciplines),the second in Spain (3 ring disciplines). The budget for WAKO Asia and WAKO Panamerica has also increased.

The second day was reserved for reviewing draft of the Statute WAKO IF , produced by the Legal committee. Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO Europe President was displeased with the fact that the working on the draft Statute has lasted seven months and members of this meeting had the opportunity to look at the draft for the first time on this meeting , so there was no time for preparations and discussions. On his proposal, voted by majority, a new Working group was formed.The members of this Working group which will continue working on the draft Statute WAKO IF, are:

-          Mr. Espen Lund, WAKO IF Acting President

-          Four Presidents ( or representatives) of four Continental divisions

-          WAKO lawyer Mrs. Franceska Falsoni

-          independent Swiss lawyer.

The deadline for giving the proposal of the WAKO IF Statute to the Board of Directors WAKO IF is 23th May, and the Board meeting when it will be given for acknowledgement is on 7th June in Lignano Sabiadoro, Italy, during the World Cup “Best fighter”.

During the World Cup “Best Fighter”in Lignano Sabiadoro, Italy, 6th of June, a meeting of WAKO Europe Board of Directors will be held.

At the meeting in Vienna, acting President WAKO IF Mr. Espen Lund had the opportunity to introduce all about WAKO becoming a member of IWGA and will take part on the next World Games in Wroclow, Polland 2017. He introduced a report about many meetings he has had with representatives of Sportaccord and IOC, for the purpose of acknowledgement of WAKO kickboxing by International Olympic Committee.

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Photo 2. On the meeting in Vienna

Cooperation and partnerships dominate the agenda for WADA at SportAccord Convention

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie cemented the need for continued cooperation and partnerships with global sports leaders at the 2014 SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey this week.

SportAccord-285x189Accompanied by a WADA delegation, the WADA President used a series of presentations to set out his vision for the Agency, including the immediate responsibilities facing International Federations (IFs) in the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code). Reedie presented to general assemblies and annual meetings of the umbrella organizations of Summer Olympic IFs (ASOIF), Winter Olympic IFs (AIOWF) and IOC-recognized IFs (ARISF), in addition to the International World Games Association (IWGA).  He also held individual meetings with a number of IF and IF Umbrella Organization Presidents, and participated in a Convention panel on sport integrity.

“Maintaining close relations with all parties will play an essential part in ensuring we are able to effectively protect the clean athletes,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie.  “IFs have a central role to play in protecting the integrity of sport, and WADA will continue to provide them support by offering advice and expertise wherever needed in the coming months.”

The WADA delegation delivered presentations to the Alliance of Independent Members of SportAccord (non-IOC recognized IFs) and held numerous meetings with IFs and other sport organizations – such as the Commonwealth Games Federation – throughout the week.

On Thursday, WADA and the Association of Recognized International Federations held the first ARISF-WADA Anti-Doping Coaching & Training Session. This joint initiative featured a series of discussions and presentations from anti-doping practitioners, WADA representatives and anti-doping experts focusing on a variety of areas including prevention, information sharing, doping control, results management, and cooperation with National Anti-Doping Organizations.

“This first ARISF-WADA anti-doping workshop was a true success,” said Frédéric Donzé, Director of WADA’s European Regional Office and IF Relations. “It allowed recognized IFs, WADA and anti-doping stakeholders to share expertise in an open and transparent fashion. WADA would like to thank ARISF for this joint initiative. We look forward to repeating the session in the future.”

The 2014 SportAccord Convention brought together more than 1,600 leading representatives from across the world of sport.

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New day, new activities

In Sportaccord convention  in Turkey, 9th April was reserved for plenary session where Presidents, Secretary Generals and Executive Representatives from the 15 participating International Federations of Martial Arts and Combat Sports came together to review the key event data, media coverage and exposure of the 2nd edition of the World Combat Games, and to discuss strategic priorities for the next edition.
Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Wushu were on the same table to discuss latest sport programme which held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
According to the working atmosphere and statements full of satisfaction from Mr. Vlad Marinescu, SportAccord Director General, all participants expressed strong gathering feelings about working together on the same goal.

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Photo 1: Participants of the plenary session. Among them are:
Mr. Richard Leyer, WAKO vicepresident,Mr. Nasser Nassiri, WAKO vicepresident and President ofWAKO Asia, Mr. Espen Lund, Pro Tempore Acting President, Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO vicepresident and President of WAKO Europe, Mr. Salim Kayici,WAKO  Board Member .

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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

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WAKO officials with Sportaccord President:
from left to right:
- Mr. Borislav Pelevic,WAKO Europe President, WAKO IF  vicepresident
- Mr. Nasser Nassiri, WAKO Asia President, WAKO IF vicepresident
- Mr. Marius Vizer, Sportaccord President
- Mr. Salim Kayici, Executive Board Member of WAKO IF, vicepresident of WAKO Europe
- Mr. Espen Lund, WAKO IF Pro Tempore Acting President

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11050 Belgrade, Serbia.

Contact phone:
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Mr. Istvan Kiraly
+ 36 309 400 935

Mr Istvan Kiraly WAKO Europe Acting President

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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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