14Th Sub Junior & 14Th Junior & Senior National Kickboxing Championship Kolkata
In conjuction with the WAKO Seminar the 22nd National Kickboxing Championship of IAKO(WAKO India) was successfully conducted from 06-10th August 2008 at Sports Authority of India(SAI) complex, Kolkata, West Bengal hosted by IAKO WB(KAWB) supported by Bengal Olympic Association.
There were 899 participants and 90 Referee & Judges from 28 member states associations of IAKO including Armed and Police Units in Cadets, Junior and Senior male & female categories with great enthusiasm both in Tatami & Ring Sports.
The Championship was formally inaugurated by the President of WAKO Dr. Ennio Falsoni on 08.08.08 at 08 pm with Police Band at the ITC, SAI Complex, Kolkata. Mrs. Caterina Tiberi Vipraio, Deputy Consul General of Italy, Kolkata graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor along with her spouse and daughter.
Each and every participant got the opportunity to interact and have photo with Dr. Falsoni, Mrs Falsoni and Mr. Bozzolani during these days.
Besides the Seminar Dr. Falsoni was kind enough to guide the Referee / Judges while conducting the competitions in Tatami and Ring sports.
It is agreed that though Kickboxing became very popular in India and the Federation is well organized in a democratic way under the leadership of its Founder President Er. Harichandan, the Technical standard has to develop by conducting Seminars by WAKO experts in regular intervals here after.
Dr. Falsoni was pleased to honor Er. Harichandan with 7th Degree Black Belt of WAKO along with various Dan Certificates to the members recommended by IAKO(WAKO India) on the eve of the Closing Ceremony besides Medal & Trophy Awards to the Winning Teams.
In every respect this was a historic movement in the field of Kickboxing in India.