European Olympics Consider Kickboxing

As the BKC continues to work towards the official recognition of our sport here in the UK, we are delighted to announce that Kickboxing could be about to take a giant step forwards internationally with news that the European Olympic Committee is reportedly considering it’s inclusion at the European Games 2019 in Sochi, Russia.

Borislav Pelevic, the newly appointed President of WAKO International, will be among those attending a meeting in Moscow with the Russian Minister for Sport, having already held discussions with the President of the European Olympic Committee, Patrick Hickey. Should the bid be successful, it will represent a massive advancement for Kickboxing in Europe, giving our athletes the chance to compete among the global elites of sport. Not only that, but it brings us one step closer to the dream of seeing Kickboxing in the Olympic Games!

We at the British Kickboxing Council fully support this sporting venture, as it will help and assist the development of the sport from the “Grass Roots” level upwards. With the prospect of competing at such an esteemed level, new participants from across the whole of the UK Kickboxing fraternity will finally be able to aim for the highest sporting accolade of all an – Olympic Gold medal.”

– Paul Fowler, BKC Chairman

As with the International Olympic Committee and our own British Olympic Association, the EOC follows the doctrines of the Olympic Culture, the Olympic Charter and the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect – “Sport For All”. According to the EOC website (www.eurolympic.org):

‘The European Games is a multi-sport event for athletes from all over Europe and is held every four years. The Games are owned, organised and regulated by the European Olympic Committees. The European Games were created at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees on December 9th 2012 in Rome, Italy, when 84% of the National Olympic Committees of Europe voted for the creation of the European Games.’

eurogames-baku_2015The 20 sports which took part in the first European Games (Baku 2015) were:

  • Aquatics
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball 3×3
  • Beach soccer
  • Boxing
  • Canoe sprint
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Sambo
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Until now the closest Kickboxing has been to Olympic recognition and participation are the elite few of our athletes who will be competing as part of Team GB – Tae Kwon Do later this year in Rio. While that in itself is a monumental achievement, recognition for our own sport at such a high level would usher in a whole new age for Kickboxing across Europe.

We cannot wait to see the whole of British Kickboxing united as we lend our support to the first ever members of a GB Olympic Kickboxing Team that is selected from across the whole of the sport and representative of all athletes from all styles of Kickboxing and from all Associations.

David Jenkins

Posted by David Jenkins

Secretary and Founding Member of the British Kickboxing Council and the brains behind FightTime, David also contributes to the GiveMeSport website.

Website: http://fighttime.co.uk

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