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  India own Gold Medal in Kickboxing World Championship in Belgrade  
  A 22 members Indian Kickboxing Team of IAKO,National Kickboxing Federation successfully taken part in the WAKO World Championships for Juniors and Cadets in SERBIA- Belgrade on 19th - 26th September 2010 and back home with one GOLD MEDAL. Mr. Tanmay Makharia of West Bengal own the medal inMusical Form event.  
  Further Mr. Pradyumna Behera(Orissa), Mr. Montu Das(WB), Mr. Gursharan Singh(Punjab) and Mr. Kartik Dakua(Orissa) attended the WAKO Referee Seminar and qualified as International Referee. They also experienced as officials in this World Championships. There were 1835 participants from 58 countries from five continents. Due to visa and financial problem few countries has taken part from Asian region.  
  The event was organised by Serbian Kickboxing Federation sponsored by Serbian Olympic Committee and Serbian Ministry of Sports under the aegis of WAKO, the International Kickboxing Federation.  
  The Indian Team was greeted by The Indian Embassy in Belgrade with a High Tea and the Dy. Ambassador attended the Opening Ceremony along with the Ambassador of Iraq. The Prime Minister of Serbia inaugurated the Championship.  


  IAKO is the only National Federation representing the International Federation i.e. WAKO in India since 1994 and having its National HQ at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Kickboxing game was introduced by Engineer Sudhanshu Shekhar Harichandan , who also founded the National Federation- IAKO in 1995.  
  Under the aegis of International Olympic Committee(IOC), SPORT ACCORD has organised the “ World Combat Games” by involving 13 combat games such as Karate, Judo, Wushu, Taekwondo, Aikido, Wresteling, Jujitsu, Sambo, KICKBOXING, Muay Thai, Boxing, etc. for the first time in Beijing , China on 30th Aug-5th Sept’2010. It is a matter of pride for our country that Er. Harichandan has taken part in this World Game as an Referee in Kickboxing game successfully.  
  In the 3rd World Cadets Kickboxing Championship was held from 22-27th Sept’2008 in Naples, Italy the Indian Team brought laurels to the country by winning two Silver Medals. Master Amitanshu Panda of Orissa own a Silver Medal in the event of “Aerokickboxing with Step” where Master Vasu Goel of West Bengal own Silver Medal in”Aerokickboxing without Step” and well appreciated by the President of WAKO Dr. Ennio Falsoni.  
  It is worthy to mention that Mr. Sushil Kumar from Orissa own a Bronze Medal in the Full Contact Event in the World Junior Kickboxing Championship was held in Masa Carara, Italy in 2004 supported by Dept. of Sports, Govt. of Orissa..  
  Indian Team has already been taken part in various WAKO World Championships held in Belgrade in 2001 and 2007 successfully.  
  ( S.S. Harichandan )
President, IAKO(WAKO India)
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