President of SportAccord, Mr. Marius L. Vizer has announced that the SportAccord Convention 2015 will take in Sochi, Russia stating: “It is a pleasure to inform the sport community that the Convention will be organised in Sochi. A city that demonstrated its passion for sport and capability through the successful organisation of the Winter Olympic Games, it will once again embrace the entire sport community while activating its legacy”. and he added: “We are working towards our long-term goal of increasing the level, complexity, participation and diversity of the Convention to benefit all stakeholders and delegates”. The convention is estimated to be held either on April, or May 2015. The exact date of the event will be announced soon. Sochi was also the host city of 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Russian Federation Minister of Sport, Mr. Vitaly Mutko stated, “The SportAccord Convention is a unique opportunity for the sport community to come together for discussion on important issues in the field of Sport. The Convention has become a platform for the interaction of many sports organisation and Federations, where they accept the most important sport decisions”.He also stated “The proposal to hold the Convention in Sochi is honoured and very important for Russia, especially after the Winter Olympic Games in 2014”. In closing he said, “the Olympic Games legacy contributes to the development of Sochi as one of the most important sporting cities in the world, which makes it attractive for holding such significant events as the SportAccord Convention”.
Salim Kayici, WAKO (IF) Executive Board member, Mr. Jose Perurena, IWGA President and Espen Lund, WAKO (IF) Acting President, following the recognition of Kickboxing by (IWGA) in Antalya, Turkey during SportAccord Convention 2014.
SportAccord Convention 2014 took place in Antalya, Turkey and it was an historical event for WAKO and kickboxing community because Kickboxing has been elected as a the new member of IWGA (International World Games Association). General annual meeting of IWGA (International World Games Association) took place in Belek, Antalya, Turkey during SportAcoord Convention 2014. José Perurena Lopez, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was elected President of the Internation World Games Association (IWGA) until 2018. Another very important topic of the agenda of this meeting was voting for candidate sports and as a result of the voting Kickboxing has been elected as a the new member of IWGA (International World Games Association). This is a huge step for kickboxing sport because IWGA (International World Games Association) is under the patronage of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and Kickboxing is a candidate sport for IOC recognation. This step will provide a good progress for IOC recognation process and it is a big plus in this road to Olympic Games.
Reşat Onur Er, is a law graduate from Turkey with LL.M degree. He is involved in kickboxing since 2012. He is Turkish Kickboxing Federation Chairman of Students Committee and Member of Committee on Foreign Relations, WAKO IF Member of Education/Students Committee WAKO European Kickboxing Federation Member of Students/Educational Committee and is founder of WorldKickboxing.Net. He is a licensed kickboxing athlete who has 7th Dan Dark Brown Belt. He has been working actively for development of kickboxing in Turkey and Africa. He works at Cape Town Iron and Steel Works as a Legal Assistant.