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Ms. Sarel De Jong (The Netherlands), WAKO candidate as The World Games Athlete of the Year 2017 - VOTE NOW!

WAKO is very proud to announce that Ms. SAREL DE JONG (The Netherlands) has been proposed as candidate to be awarded as The World Games Athlete of the Year 2017.


She was the winner in K-1 (-65 kg) and on her hard way to the gold medal during the World Games 2017 held in Wroclaw, Poland, on last July, she defeated the following strong champions:

1. Ms. Cristina Caruso from Italy - WAKO European Champion
2. Ms. Keitlin Young from USA - WAKO Pan American Champion
3. Ms. Teodora Manic from Serbia - WAKO World Champion

Sarel De Jong was chosen as candidate for her great energy, perseverance and passion supported by the enthusiasm of the Netherlands team during the World Games, which was really unforgettable, especially after her final fight.

Please look here at the video that was prepared by the WAKO Media Committee to submit officially her nomination!

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The online voting platform is now open on IWGA website from 1st January 2018!

It is also posssible to vote on the IWGA Facebook Channel, Instagram and Twitter Account: https://www.facebook.com/iwga.theworldgames/videos/1699903870079059/


Through these networks it is possible to share and encourage everybody in WAKO to support our candidate SAREL DE JONG!

The first round of voting will close on 15th January, and will determine the top nine finalists.

The final round of voting will start on 16th January, and last until 31st January 2018.

The winner will be announced on 1st February 2018.

Please participate, VOTE and help us to support Sarel!

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Merry Christmas to you, for those that don't celebrate Christmas's,  I hope you will surround yourself with loved ones and family.  I wish you all a glorious year ahead.

As we are about to enter another year, I wish that we collectively work with more dedication, more commitment, more loyalty to each other, to enjoy more our growth and the success that will come our way.
May we achieve our goals and are blessed with prosperity.  Never quit the game.  Never feel disheartened on failures. 
WE have the power to make it happen and I  believe in WAKO Europe and WAKO. God bless you all and never forget, #onewako #onechampion
Roy Baker
President WAKO Europe
Vice President WAKO

Turkis Referees and Coaches educative seminar

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Turkis Referees and Coaches educative seminar was held in Antalya between 7-10 December. Coach and referee  development seminar had nearly a thousand referees and coaches from 81 provinces participating. WAKO Europe President Roy Baker, WAKO IF Referees Committee Chairman Brian Beck, WAKO Europe Referees Committee  Chairman Sami Savo and WAKO Europe Board Member Tomaz Barada gave seminar about rules and regulations of kickboxing. Besides, Sports General Directorate Sports Organization Department Manager Şevket Özerdem gave a  seminar on registration, license and clubs. The seminars were conducted very successfuly.

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Another huge success for WAKO Europe on international level. After several meetings and a few months of preparation WAKO Europe has finally signed Memorandum of Understanding with European University Sports Association (EUSA).

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This important event took place in Belgrade on Saturday, November 25th, 2017.

On this occasion representatives of EUSA have been in official visit of Serbian Sports Fair which was held during last weekend in Belgrade.

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By signing Memorandum of Understanding between WAKO Europe and EUSA kickboxing will be officilay included in EUSA sport programme. First chance to present kickboxing inside of EUSA sport programme WAKO Europe will have in Zagreb, Croatia in July 2019 where we will join Karate, Judo and Taekwondo in European Universities Championships for combat sports.

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Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Mr. Adam Roczek, EUSA President and Mr. Roy Baker, WAKO Europe President in the presence of Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO President and EUSA representatives including EUSA Vice President Mr. Haris Pavletic, Secretary General Mr. Matjaz Pecovnik, EUSA Sport Director, Mr. Besim Aliti.

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Both Presidents have expressed their satisfaction with signing this important document which will bring only benefit for all sides in future cooperation.

We had a big pleasure to have Serbian Minister of Sport and Youth, Mr. Vanja Udovicic, who has attended signing of Memorandum of Understanding. Mr. Vanja Udovicic congratulated both Presidents on the future cooperation and thanked them for visiting Belgrade Sports Fair, important event for Serbian sport.

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WAKO Activity Calendar 2018

Dear WAKO members,

WAKO LogoPlease find herewith enclosed the WAKO activity calendar 2018.

By the present we would like to remind you some of the main events taking place during the year 2018: 

Jesolo Lido (VE), Italy, 15-23 September 2018:
WAKO Cadets and Juniors World Championships (All Disciplines)

Bratislava, Slovakia, 13-21 October 2018:
WAKO Senior European Championships (K-1, LK, KL)

Maribor, Slovenia, 17-25 November 2018:
WAKO Senior European Championships (PF, LC, FC, MF)

Please take note that we are still waiting for further information/update about events to be held in 2018 so as soon as received the calendar will be updated accordingly.

Following WAKO rules and regulations the eligibility for the participation is reserved only to WAKO national Federation/Association members.

In case of any query, update or any additional information please contact

Best regards,

Barbara Falsoni
WAKO Administration


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WAKO Europe HQ

Zidarska 6
(Mr Srdjan Bugarcic),
11050 Belgrade, Serbia.

Contact phone:
+381 63 289 322


Roy Baker
+ 353 87 677 5614

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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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