The 3rd International Turkish Open Kickboxing Tournament, in memory of Alperen Atabay, was held in PGS Kremlin Palace Hotel, Antalya, Turkey from 5th to 8th April 2018.
The tournament gathered 2353 participants from 27 countries and 4 continents. This year’s event was then one of the biggest in the world, with the highest number of participants in ring sports.
The event started with the opening speeches by Mr. Salim KAYICI, President of Turkish Kickboxing Federation and of WAKO Europe Vice President and by Mr. Roy BAKER, President of WAKO Europe. Antalya Province Vice Governor Mrs. Canan HANÇER BAŞTÜRK, Sports Vice General Director Mr. Ömer Altınsoy, Antalya Sports & Youth Provincial Vice Director Associate Professor Burhanettin Hacıcaferoğlu were present at the event.
Yücel Mehmet ASA, an athlete with Down syndrome, performed a kickboxing demonstration. The participants all raised their WhiteCard in support of Peace through Sport.
Starting from next year, Turkish Open will deliver money awards.