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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sébastien Gillot as Director, European Regional Office and International Federation Relations. Mr. Gillot will assume the role, in Lausanne, Switzerland on 13 August 2018.

Mr. Gillot is currently Head of Communications for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), a role he has held since 2014. Prior to the UCI, he held numerous communications/stakeholder engagement roles in the sports industry; most notably, from 2011 – 2014 as Director of Public Relations and Communications for the International Boxing Association (AIBA); in 2011 as Manager of  Communications for the Annecy 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee; in 2011 as Editor-in-Chief at the Global Sports Forum Barcelona 2011 with Havas Sports & Entertainment; from 2003 – 2011 as Lead Editor of FIFA.com with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); and from 2001 – 2003 as Communications Coordinator for the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.

In his new role, Mr. Gillot will reinforce WADA’s mission by ensuring that the Agency’s objectives are successfully met; in particular, by leading the Agency’s support to IFs, as well as other Anti-Doping Organizations and stakeholders in Europe, in their development of effective anti-doping programs that are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Mr. Gillot will replace Benjamin Cohen, who will be leaving WADA in the coming weeks to become the first Director General of the new International Testing Agency (ITA).

Mr. Gillot holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the ICS Bégué (Paris); and, a Masters in Communications and Journalism from the Institut
Supérieur des Médias de Paris.

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Monza, April 16th, 2018
RE: Kickboxing accepted as Full sport at the IWGA World Games Program, 2021
Dear WAKO Members,
It is with great pleasure that by the present I hereby announce that Kickboxing has been accepted as full sport within the World Games Program, 2021, that will be organized in Birmingham, USA. This was officially announced today 16-04-2018 at the IWGA General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand, the decision was proposed by the Board and ratified by a majority vote.
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We will finalize all the appropriate logistics when we conclude our discussions and negotiations with the IWGA  administration. At the IWGA AGM, the President, Jose Perurena Lopez, was re-elected for the 4 coming years.
Kind regards,
WAKO President
Prof Borislav Pelevic Ph.D.


Turkish Open 2018 report

3rd International Turkish Open Kickboxing Tournament in memory of Alperen Atabay was held in PGS Kremlin Palace Hotel, Antalya, Turkey from 5th to 8th April 2018. The tournament has 2353 participants from 27 countries and 4 continents. This year’s event became one of the biggest in the world, with highest number of participants in ring sports and with one of the few highest overall. The event started with opening speeches of Mr. Salim KAYICI, President of  Turkish Kickboxing Federation and WAKO Europe Vice President and Mr. Roy BAKER, President of WAKO Europe.

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Antalya Province Vice Governor Mrs. Canan HANÇER BAŞTÜRK, Sports Vice General Director Mr. Ömer Altınsoy, Antalya Sports & Youth Provincial Vice Director Associate Professor Burhanettin Hacıcaferoğlu were present at the event. Athlete with down syndrome Yücel Mehmet ASA performed kickboxing demonstration. Participants also raised WhiteCard to support Peace through Sport. Starting from next year, Turkish Open will give out money awards. Thanks to everyone who participated or contributed in this event.

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Dear Colleagues,

As you may already be aware, 10 April is ‘Play True Day’, which we at WADA will be celebrating along with athletes, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Sporting Federations, Major Event Organizers and others around the world.

‘Play True Day’ is dedicated to clean sport and is intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the global fight against doping. On this day, WADA will be asking athletes why they ‘Play True’?

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The inspiration for this initiative stems from a WADA-hosted Education Conference in 2013, which was attended by 17 South American countries that were the driving force behind 10 April being declared ‘Play True Day’. While it started as a South American initiative, over the years, this grassroots movement has gained momentum with numerous European countries celebrating in 2016 and more joining the campaign from around the globe in the following year.

This is an example of what a grassroots movement can achieve. The organizers saw an opportunity to educate, to promote clean sport and to celebrate the many reasons to play true – and they seized it. Together, we can leverage this momentum to create a world where the clean athlete prevails, a world where athletes choose to stay clean out
of self-respect, fairness to their fellow competitors, and for the pure joy that sport brings.

In a spirit of solidarity among the anti-doping community, we ask you to join WADA and others by celebrating the day on your digital and social media platforms, with the freedom to innovate and give it a twist unique to your specific sport or country. As a starting point, it would be great if you could also ask your athletes, players or administrators why they ‘Play True’ and then post the “I play true because…” videos with the hashtag, #PlayTrueDay.

Several Anti-Doping Organizations, National and International Sport Federations, and educational institutions have already organized events to run on #PlayTrueDay dedicated to clean sport and/or including relevant content in their existing events before, during and after 10 April. The organizers are promoting these events on their website; and, encouraging others to leverage outreach programs, media interviews and social media activities as ways to celebrate the day.

If you have any queries or events that you would like to promote, please feel free to contact Nina Makuc from the Slovenia NADO, which is one of the driving forces behind the initiative. Nina’s email address is .

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency





Serbia Open 2018 - report

Serbia Open European Kickboxing Cup, 17-18th March 2018, Belgrade

Disciplines: K-1 Rules, Kick light

Serbia Open European Kickboxing Cup was a successful event.

The participation of 257 competitors from 69 clubs, once again confirmed the interest in this Cup. The best WAKO competitors in the ring K-1 discipline gathered in Belgrade. There was also a competition in Kick light tatami discipline.

During the Cup the Sportdata electronic scoring system was used, thus simplifying, accelerating and transparently showing the scoring quality.

At any moment, the audience could have an insight into the status of the scoreboard on the screens next to the ring.

The final bouts picked up for the Gala evening show expressed the whole beauty of this sport.

The audience was able to enjoy the 13 matches, among which competed the WAKO World champions as well as the participants of the World Games.

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Of all participating countries, Serbia resulted the first one, with 44 gold, 52 silver and 64 bronze medals. The host country had also the highest number of registered participants (160), and in the final order moved farther away from the other medal winners.

The second nation in terms of success was Bosnia and Herzegovina (gold 6, silver 5, bronze 4) and third one was Slovakia (gold 6, silver 4, bronze 3).

Some numbers:

12 nations

69 teams

257 competitors

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WAKO Europe HQ

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(Mr Srdjan Bugarcic),
11050 Belgrade, Serbia.

Contact phone:
+381 63 289 322


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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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