WAKO Seniors European Championships (FC,K-1,LK) took place at Pabellon Municipal de Deportes La Casilla in Bilbao, Spain between 18th – 26th October 2014. The championship was held with 3 rings, one ring for each discipline. CEKT , which is the only representative of WAKO in Spain hosted a WAKO Senior European Championship for the first time in history. The event was for ring sports including Full-Contact, K-1 and Low Kick. Promoters of the event had full local and govermental support for this event.
The championship had a very high level of fights and fighters. Even though it was just a continental championship, 480 fighters from 34 countries participated in this event. As a new application, WAKO started to select best fighters and best referee of championships. Best referee of this event was Zoran Simurina from Serbia and best fighters of the championship are as in below:
Best Fighters of the Event:
Male: Shamil Gasanbekov, Russia, -71 kg
Female: Maria Domenica Mandolini, Italy, -65 kg
Male: Gabor Gorbics, Hungary, -63,5 kg
Female: Hanne Lausletho, Finland, -52 kg
Male: Sergej Maslobojev, Lithuania, -91 kg
Female: Alena Muratava, Belarus, -60 kg
Medal Table of the Event:
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Although it was the first time that they organized an European Championship, promoters of the event have done a great job. WAKO Cadets & Juniors World Championships 2015 will take place in San Sebastian, Spain and we beleive that CEKT will organize even a better championship next year in San Sebastian with the experience that they gained from this championships. Congratulations to CEKT and local organizing committee for the good organization. We are looking forward to come back to Spain for another kickboxing organization.
Photos From the Event:
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.