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WAKO India Kickboxing Federation gets Government recognition as National Sports Federation

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WAKO India Kickboxing Federation

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has decided to grant recognition to WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as National Sports Federation (NSF) to promote and develop the sport in India.

Key Details:

  • WAKO India Kickboxing Federation is affiliated to World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) which is a world body for kickboxing.
  • Since November 30, 2020, WAKO has been a provisionally recognized member of International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • Recommendation to approve WAKO as fully recognised member of Olympic family was taken by IOC in June 2020.
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has approved recommendation for WAKO on June 10, 2021 to become a fully recognized member of Olympic family of sport.
  • The full recognition of WAKO will be finally decided by the IOC Session in Tokyo in July 2021.

Importance of this recognition:

  • To be fully included and accepted in the Olympic movement is important for the recognition and development of the sport of kickboxing.
  • With government recognition of WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as NSF, the sport of kickboxing will develop at a faster pace in India.
Kickboxing

About Kickboxing:

  • Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching.
  • It was historically developed from karate mixed with boxing.
  • Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a contact sport.
  • Japanese kickboxing originated in the late 1950s, with competitions held since then.
  • American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and was brought to prominence in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) held the first World Championships.
  • Historically, kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles.

Kickboxing Governing Bodies:

There is no single international governing body.

International governing bodies include the following:

  • World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (also known as WAKO),
  • World Kickboxing Association,
  • International Sport Karate Association,
  • International Kickboxing Federation, and
  • World Kickboxing Network, among others.

About WAKO:

  • The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) is an international organization of kickboxing.
  • It certifies the governing body of amateur kickboxing to develop support & govern amateur level and hold world championship events.
  • It sanctions the champions of kickboxing.
  • WAKO is the only organization across the world that is recognized by GAISF (Global Association of Sports Federations) and IOC (International Olympic Committee).

  About IAKO:

  • Indian Association of Kickboxing Organizations (IAKO) is the national federation of kickboxing in India.
  • It was established in 1993 to control and promote kickboxing activities in India.
  • It promotes amateur kickboxing and professional kickboxing across the states, union territories and special armed force.
  • IAKO is the first martial arts federation which has been recognized by School Games Federation of India.

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