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Place: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, (Sport hall Ilidžal)
Organiser: Kickboxing akademija “Ilidža" Sarajevo
Promotor: Nermin Bašović,prof.
Date: 18.02.2017

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Dear WAKO friends,
The international WAKO tournament „GRAND PRIX BIH 2017“ " took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina last weekend. Great number of 541 fighters from 71 clubs representing 7 countries participated this time. Many thanks to Promoter of kicboxing academy “Ilidža“ Mr. Nermin Bašović for his great job.

"GRAND PRIX BIH 2017" is the international kickboxing tournament held in Sarajevo for children, cadets, juniors, seniors in disciplines:
- Point fighting
- Light contact
- Kick light
- Full Contact
- Low Kick
- K-1 style.

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Report can be found at www.kickboxing-data.com
also on club website www.grandprixbih-sarajevo.com
and on our facebook site https://www.facebook.com/kickboxing.ilidza/

14th Challenge for the Best

The 14th Athens Challenge Tournament took place 04 -05 February 2017 at the Olympic Wrestling Arena in Ano Liossia.

Organized in association with WAKO and the PAN-HELLENIC FEDERATION OF KICKBOXING “POK", Athens Challenge Tournament is without a doubt the biggest Kickboxing event in Greece.

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Athens Challenge Tournament is one of the top 5 Kickboxing events across Europe where each year athletes compete in Kickboxing disciplines: Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light, Low Kick, forms hard style, soft style, weapons and in Self-defense.

This edition 2017 brought over 1220 European athletes from 12 countries such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, Georgia who were competing in 2151 entries. Only Greece had more than 1400 entries. The second in entries was Italy ( 271) and Bulgaria (137).

Over 27 international referees from across Europe travel to Athens each year for the needs of Athens Challenge Tournament where along with 28 Greek referees they guarantee another successful event. The competition was going on 11 tatami areas and on one ring for low kick.

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The main sponsor of the 14th Athens Challenge Tournament was VODAFONE and sponsors were Zaros, Dole, Kayak and Loukakos.

Medical sponsor was Latriko hospital.

The best countries are:

1. Greece
2. Italy
3. Bulgaria
4. United Kingdom
5. Hungary

The best five clubs are:

1. HMD Italia
2. Ikaros Greece
3. Ikken Bulgaria
4. Kiralyteam Hungary
5. Choy Lee Fut Greece.

An interesting fact is that in category Point fighting kids 8-10 years had the numerous entries: 84, from 23 clubs and category kick light kids 8-10 years had 45 entries from 16 clubs.

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Light contact in the category of that age had 36 entries from 14 clubs. These were the largest categories from all at the tournament.

Among seniors, the largest category was Point fighting seniors male -69kg where we had 18 competitors and the best was Scherbakov Viacheslav from CSKA Moscow, Russia. In Open male, there were 29 competitors in really tough concurrence.

Female open had 20 girls hungry for glory, and the best was Nagy Henrietta from Kiraly Team Hungary.

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The finals in Team male seniors was the best performance on the tournament, where two teams: Ikaros from Greece (Adamis, Galanopoulou, Soueref, Zagaris) and Kiraly team from Hungary (Gombos, Jaroszkievicz, Morady, Nagy) demonstrated the battle of titans, with perfect techniques, the speed with much of adrenalin.

For medals statistics please click here!

WAKO European K-1 Cup Prague 2016 report

WAKO European K-1 Cup Prague 2016

22nd - 24th September


One could almost touch the energy in the air. Two days on four rings more than 300 fighters were seeking for the victory in the Arena Sparta in Prague. It was the tournament in WAKO K-1 discipline- the strongest, the toughtest.

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The level of adrenalin was extremely high. Many of the fighters entered in the fights seeking for the KO.Unpredictable and intresting fights, fights without a compromise.

Two days there was a live stream on the Czech full contact Union web site.

Congratulations to the organizer for the fantastic tournament.

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Jan Frana, representing the organizer Czech full contact Union:

"One division K-1 is enough to fulfill the expectations for the good fights. We have here all age divisions: cadets, juniors, seniors, female and men, and all weight divisions. With more than 300 entries, we have four rings and fights two days with Gala night show with all senior final fights with one fight in Pro for the title. I can tell that we can be satisfied with the good tournament and good quality of the fighters from 20 countries. Many teams came here with the national team selection so we have here A class fighters. In some divisions, we had more than 20 fighters in qualifications, so the competition was very high.This is the last gathering of the best K-1 fighters before the European championships in Maribor, which is the qualifying tournament for The World Games. Good test for everybody. I have to say that I am satisfied personally because we have on the finals ten Czech fighters. We have prize money provided for the each winner in seniors division in amount of 1000 EU for men and 500 EU for a woman.I have never seen such good money awards on the tournaments like this. Hope that next year we will have more competitors and this tournament will grow in all senses."


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Event reports

WAKO LogoDear All,

Attached you can find Official reports from WAKO World Cup Irish Open and WAKO World Cup Austrian Classic.

Irish Open 2016
Austrian Classic 2016

Reports made by Mr. Romeo Deša, WAKO Organizing Committee member.

Hungarian World Cup 2016 report

Zsolt Moradi, member of the Organizing Committee of the Hungarian World Cup:


This is a pritty big tournament, and this is my first tournament where I am on the other side od the arena: I am a member of the Organizing committee of the Hungarian World Cup.

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This was the big challenge for me knowing that I am originally a fighter, not a sports manager at the first place and the second, we moved this World cup to another place, from Szeged to Budapest and that were the most challenging facts. But, I realised that after so many tournaments where I have participated as experienced fighter, now I feel like the beginner. This is a little bit weird but this is his great challenge for me. As I am always seeking for the challenges, maybe I became a great organizer.

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This is the great honour hat I had the opportunity to be on the team with these great people and the fact that Hungarian Kickboxing federation invited me to be a part of the Organizing Committee, makes me really proud after so many years spent on the tatami. I was super busy in the last two weeks before competition has started and sometimes I thought that it is much easier to be a fighter than the organizer. I expected that and I started to like this job, it is different very much than to be on the tatami.

From this year Hungarian world cup will be organized in Budapest, the Capital city. This is based on the request of many national teams that is much easier to reach Budapest and the fact that here we have better facilities for the big tournament.

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This year we have a huge record of participants: registrations from 33 countries, 1400 competitors registered for the tournament and more than 2300 entries. This is great. The best number ever. Also, we have a live broadcast on the biggest National sports channel which is, regarding popularity of kickboxing in Hungary, very important. It will last two hours and there will be some of the best final fights. We were preparing this really hard.

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This is important event regarding the interest of the teams to be prepared for the World Games in K1. We have here all the fighting disciplines, K1 as well, so competition is very strong and this is a great chance for fighters who are preparing for next World Games.

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Piter Galambos, President of Hungarian Kickboxing Federation, member of the Promoters team:

With changing the place for Hungarian World Cup, we provided better conditions to have a big tournament and that is very important concerning the constant growth of a number of competitors. Here we have all WAKO fighting disciplines. Due to the popularity of kickboxing in Hungary, here we have the Opening ceremony very important people from the political establishment in Hungary. Also, as the President of Hungarian kickboxing Federation, I must say that I am very satisfied with Hungarian team in this tournament, especially I am satisfied that our K1 fighters have a very good chance to have fights before Championships which will be a qualification for the World Games.The only thing we couldn't affect with our work was the weather. We had rain all the time, but I hope that all participants had a chance for some sightseeing.

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Zsolt Moradi with Peter Galambos, members of the Organizing Committee of Hungarian Cup 2016

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Roy Baker, European WAKO President, congratulate to the Organizing team for the great job.

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