WAKO Seniors European Championships (FC,K-1,LK) will take place in Bilbao, Spain from 18th to 26th October 2014. Spain will host a WAKO Senior European Championship for the second time in history after 14 years. W.A.K.O. European Championship 1990 was the tenth European kickboxing championships hosted by the WAKO organization and the first to be held in Spain. The event was open to men and women amateur 20-4 European countries, with four styles on offer; Full-Contact (men only), Semi-Contact, Light-Contact and musical forms (men only), with women to participate in the Light-Contact, for the first time in history. This time Spain will host the event for ring sports including Full-Contact, K-1 and Low Kick.
On February, Mr. Espen Lund (Acting President of WAKO), Mr. Borislav Pelevic (WAKO IF Vice President and President of WAKO Europe), Salim Kayıcı (Board Member of WAKO IF and WAKO Europe Vice President) were together in Bilbao to inspect the facilities for the 2014 European Championships in Ring Sports. The promoters in the region, Borja Mendioroz, Jose Vicente Eguzkiza and WAKO Spain President Juanjo Rodriguez welcomed them and first took them to the City Hall of Bilbao to meet Sabin Anuzita, Bilbao Councillor of Sports. After a talk with the Councillor they had a press conference for the local media.
After their visit to Spain, Espen Lund declared: “I must say that we are very grateful for the hospitality from the Basque region. We are truly impressed of the support our federation have in both cities (Bilbao and San Sebastian) and the promoter, Borja Mendioroz has done a great job. Upon our arrival we got a detailed schedule, a prospect of the Hotels and the Sport Halls and in our visit at all facilities we were assisted by the local sport authorities and the local tourism and travel agencies. Very well done. We look forward to going to Spain!” It seems that WAKO Spain and the promoter, Borja Mendioroz will do a great job and organize a high level European Championship with full governmental and municipal support.
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.