WAKO The Netherlands and WAKO Germany will collaborate intensively in the field of Kickboxing. After the international Olympic recognition of WAKO, both sports associations have ambitious goals and therefore want to join forces.
“We know our German partners and friends from the WAKO competitions and it is natural that we consider them as the partner,” says WAKO NL President Gina Engelhardt.
WAKO Germany president Oliver Hahl also sees many opportunities: ”The Netherlands have a long and successful tradition in the field of Kickboxing and K1. We are very happy with the cooperation agreement.”
Both teams will face major challenges, such as the World Games 2022 in Birmingham (USA).
The first joint training has been organized March 5-6, with ring sport Duch national coach Francois Lubbersorganized and the German WAKO K1 top sport selection with vice-president Andreas Riem, head coach Brahim Triqui and K1 trainer Ali Yalcin and more than 40 athletes from both countries trained together in the excellently equipped gym „Fight district“.
The sports director of WAKO Germany Steffen Grosse was full of praise: “The training facilities were excellent, Francois is a great trainer. Experience, knowledge and an eye for detail.“