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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

1500 spectators at the gala evenin

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Turkish Open 2018 reminder

It is an exquisite pleasure to remind you that registrations for 3rd Turkish Open International Kickboxing Tournament is still open on this link

You will be pleased when you arrive this spring for a wonderful tournament and a beautiful time at the PGS Kremlin Palace where you, our distinguished guests and the tournament will be hosted in This venue received a 4 out of 5 star rating on Trip Advisor. You can fully rejoice in this all-inclusive resort location.I hope you will plan a trip into the heart of the city of leisure, Antalya. There are countless things to see and to do here, and the crystal clear waters of the  Mediterranean Sea is at the top of the list!

The tournament will begin with the weigh-in on Thursday, April 5, 2018 along with the team fights From Friday to Sunday, we will continue with all weight classes for each respective divisions. There will be 12 fighting areas at the venue and a practice/warm up area for your preparations. Since the venue and the hotel are at the same location and given the fact that the hotel is all-inclusive, you won't need to worry about accommodation, transportation or eating.

So, all you need to do is to focus on your fight! Let me assure you about the security of the venue and the hotel. We have taken every necessary measure in order to provide your security in the best possible way I would like to take this chance and remind you that this year Turkish Open became a part of WAKO Kickboxing World Series, which makes it one of the seven biggest and most prestigious international kickboxing event I look forward to see you in Antalya this April!

Best Regards,
President of Turkish Kickboxing Federation

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Dear WAKO friends,

Balkan Open 2018 held in Tešanj 24.03.2018 /Bosnia and Herzegovina,participation number of entries 707,number of clubs 96,number of countries 15.

WAKO supervizor Mr.Srđan Bugarčić, Leader Competition Mr.Rodeo Deša.

Delegate Competition Kickboxing Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr.Nermin Bašović.

Chief judge Neđo Bratić,Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Competition held on 4 tatamis and 2 ring.Event was heald in a sport atmosphere.

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Balkan Open 2018 another great WAKO event has been successfully organised traditionaly 10 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 sport to big crowd of spectators.

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By this we would like to show our respect and thank to Promotor,Mr.Alija Ogrić

Balkan Open was attended by Mr.Vladimir Sitar President WAKO Balkan Kickboxing Union, Mr.Romeo Deša Advisor to President IF WAKO,Mr.Srdjan Bugarčić General Secretary WAKO Europe, Mr.Dejan Mitrovski President Kickboxing Federation Makedonia,Mr.Tomislav Bilandžić President Kickboxing Federation Croatia,Mr.Dragutin Papović President Kickboxing Federation Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Minister of economy of Zenica-Doboj Canton ,mayor town of Tešanj with your associates, and Mr.Alija Ogrić Vice President WAKO Balkan Kickboxing Union.

Minister of economy of Zenica-Doboj Canton was open tournament.Balkan Open 2018 partipacipated competitors from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Makedonia, Montenegro, Danish, Grece, Izrael, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Best team in the ring disciplines WAKO Makedonia team and tatami discipline Team Masaru/Bulgaria.

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

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We thank all participants for coming.

See you next year…

The official results of the Balkan Open 2018 was heald 24.03.2018 in


Alija Ogrić Vice President WAKO Balkan Kickboxing Union

WAKO Europe HQ

Marsala Birjuzova 50
(Mr Srdjan Bugarcic),
11050 Belgrade, Serbia.

Contact phone:
+381 11 4066528
+381 63 289 322


Acting president
Mr. Istvan Kiraly
+ 36 309 400 935

Mr Istvan Kiraly WAKO Europe Acting President

Srđan Bugarčić
+ 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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