Dublin was again a great host of massive kickboxing tournament, unique in it’s quantity, quality and humanitarian work.
Kickboxers from all around the World were again on the same trucks showing that humanity and sport raises under the same flag.
More than 4,000 athletes of all ages are taking part in the competition at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, which is the World’s biggest kickboxing event.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the ISPCC.
In the past three years the kickboxing Irish Open has raised over €46,000 for the children’s charity.
Ms. Kristina Thuree from IWG speaking about equal chances for all involved in sport during Opening ceremony
Except having active members creating numerous events and educative activities, WAKO organize and coordinate mechanisms to ensure gender equality, youth development, referee education, fair play, communication, social responsibility, solidarity, social and education programs for athletes present and future after their sport career.
During this edition, WAKO representatives and fighters also got mobilized around the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace taking place on April 6 and accepted to participate in a massive way in the #whitecard campaign. The WhiteCard, a Peace and Sport digital campaign, is a symbol of commitment to peace efforts worldwide through sports.
Mr. Joel Bouzou founder Peace and Sport,with Roy Baker and WAKO President in the White card campaign
Roy Baker, Chairman Irish Open Organizing Committee, was proud to welcome Joël Bouzou, President-Founder of Peace and Sport. He attended Irish Open together with WAKO President Borislav Pelevic. At the same time, European representative of International Working Group for Women and Sport, IWG, Ms. Kristina Thuree was present during the Cup for the signing of Memorandum of understanding with WAKO.
By this, WAKO has adopted Brighton Plus Declaration which defines gender equality in sport, the same opportunities for women and men engaged in sport in all levels.
Roy Baker, the promoter of Irish Open Cup :
” Volunteers, officials, coaches and competitors I wish to thank each and every one of you for the minutes, hours and days you committed to the 2017 Irish Open, for all you do, for who you are, for what we have created together. It’s unique in all the world. For this and more, I will be forever grateful, If the world had more people like you guys it would be a better place. YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”