October 30, 2007

Incredible China . After having been to Shangai and Beijing during last April for the GAISF General Assembly, I was back in Macau from 22 nd to 28 th October, for the 2 nd Asian Indoor Games promoted by OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) .

Macau, a formerPortuguese colony whichhas been given back to China in 1997, but which enjoys a particular status, a particularjurisdiction, is a sort of free land of 28 square kilometres , which is already well known as the “ Las Vegas ” of the Orient with its 23 casinos and revenues already comparable to those of the American gambling capital.

Headquarters of OCA was in splendid “ The Venetian ” resort hotel, 5 times bigger then the same casino in Las Vegas , which costed to his owner, Mr. Anderson (the third reachest American after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett) 3 billion US dollars.

WAKO had its first ever kickboxing tournament in Macau Dome, a superb modern structure .

WAKO kickboxing was a “ demo sport ” and useless to say thateverybody was really careful to behave and worked very hard and performed at his best to guarantee our WAKO ASIA a future in OCA’s activities. What we did!

We were very successful bringing to Macau 87 competitors representing 9 selectedAsian nations. Fighters were excellent as ourreferees and judges (about 20 people from different Asian countries) and our staff, composed of Dr. Paal Zolatn ( Hungary ), Predrag Znaor ( Croatia ), Roberto Fragale ( Italy ), Jens Walsberdorf ( Germany ).

The tournament was leaded by Mr. Nasser Nassiri ( Iran ) and by Ennio Falsoni, WAKO’s president.

Both guaranteed a smooth running and a perfect ending of the tournament.

In Macau we brought only 3 of our 7 styles: semi contact, full contact and low-kick.

Surprisingly, Kuwait finished first in the tatami sport (semi) with 4 golds , 1 silver and 3 bronze medals, while Kazahkstan was largely the first nation in the ring sports with 7 golds (out of 10 weight classes), 3 silver and 4 bronze medals.

In the picture, Mr. Nasser Nassiri meets H.H. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah in OCA’s HQ in Macau

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