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Young Team aims to pack a punch in World Championship debut

24 October 2019
WAKO

Kickboxing: Young Team aims to pack a punch in World Championship debut

2 Singaporean athletes aim for their personal best in the biennial World Kickboxing Championship which will host 755 athletes from 58 nations

Singapore, 16 October 2019 – In less than 3 days and nearly 10,000km from home, Kickboxing Federation of Singapore (KFS) will be 2 athletes to represent Singapore, halfway across the world.

They will be competing in the highest level of Amateur Kickboxing tournaments – the WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations) Senior World Kickboxing Championships 2019 held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 19 to 27 October.

Singapore will be the first country in South-East Asia to participate in the 22nd edition of the World Championship

The inaugural world championship was held in 1978 in West Berlin, Germany and from 1979, was held every 2 years.Singapore will be the first ever country in the South-East Asian region to participate.The nation will be represented by National Coach and Athlete, Nazri Sutari (aged 29) and National Athlete, Abdur Rahman (aged 26).

National Kickboxing Champion turned National Kickboxing Coach at age 29

Nazri took part in the Singapore Kickboxing Championships 2019, from 22 to 24 March, held at Marina Bay Sands, organised by Kickboxing Federation of Singapore (KFS).

Competing in the under 81kg Low Kick Ring Sport category, Nazri competed across the 3-day championship, and emerged as champion in his category. He recalls, “It was really quite exciting to fight over 3 days back-to-back. It keeps you on your toes, because you have to maintain weight over the 3 days and make sure your fight strategies are on point to last over multiple fights.”

 “I’m super thankful to have my coach Bruce Loh, who guided me throughout the competition. I believe without him I would not have achieved what I have.

Nazri joined the National Kickboxing Squad, and shortly was offered to become a National Coach for the team. “I was surprised, but very humbled that they offered me the role.”

Mr Jason Lim, President of Kickboxing Federation of Singapore shares, “I saw an immense amount of potential in Nazri when I first met him personally during the initial stages of organizing the Singapore Kickboxing Championships 2019. He came across as someone who was very determined, disciplined and dedicated. During trainings, Nazri displays a high sense of responsibility with a deep hunger and desire to win. He never misses a training and puts in 110% effort, always.”

“Nazri is a multi-talented Combat Sports athlete. With his cross-discipline skills and knowledge, he can take our competition team to the next level. Having trained in fencing (he was part of the Junior Fencing National Team), crossing over to boxing, then to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and now to Kickboxing, he brings a treasure chest of knowledge and skills to our federation. That’s why I chose him to become a National Coach.”



 Mr Jason Lim(President of KFS) and Nazri


Support from Asian Kickboxing Confederation (WAKO ASIA)

Mr Nasser Nassiri, President of WAKO ASIA and Vice President of WAKO IF (International Federation) recommended KFS to send a team for this competition and affirms the decision to send the 2 athletes.

Mr Nasser Nassiri extended his encouragement to the team particularly after having seen and trained Nazri in the WAKO Asia Training Camp, held in Taipei from 23 to 30 September 2019. The training camp was jointly organized by WAKO Chinese Taipei (TAIWAN) and Asian Kickboxing Confederation (WAKO ASIA), the governing authority for the sport of Kickboxing in Asia.  Aslan Sports, a combat sports and fitness gear equipment supplier, fully sponsored Nazri’s training camp.


Mr Nasser Nassiri, former multiple WAKO World Champion, training Nazri

 
Aleksei Fedoseev, multiple WAKO World Champion, training Nazri
 

The training camp was extremely insightful and helped to better prepare Nazri for the competition, refining his skills and techniques with the help of the high level coaches and the President of Asian Kickboxing Confederation (WAKO Asia), Mr Nasser Nassiri himself, who is a multiple WAKO World Kickboxing Champion.

Debut comes with challenge, over 20 athletes to best in events Singapore will be represented

Nazri will face 24 athletes in his category (under 75kg K-1 Rules) and Rahman will face 25 athletes (under 71kg K-1 Rules). The competition will be held tournament style and with each win, will progress from qualifications to quarter finals to semi finals and finally to the finals.

 


Nazri Sutari (left, in blue)   


Abdur Rahman (right, in red)

With an event so competitive, both Nazri and Rahman may have to fight up to 5 times over 4 days before they can land a spot on the podium.

Nazri says, “This is the reason why I chose to compete in this competition. To be able to compete at World level, it’s amazing! It’s truly a dream is to be able to represent Singapore in this prestigious competition, and to win, even better. I see it as a test for myself to benchmark against the World. Opportunities like this don’t come very often, and I feel that all that I’ve been working and training for in the past 10 years is coming to fruition.”

Rahman says, “I am very excited for this competition. This has been my goal which I’ve been working towards for the past 5 months. My target is to be able to do my best without regrets. Win or lose, I know that this whole experience will make me a better fighter and develop my character.”

President of KFS, Mr Jason Lim commented, “Having been an athlete myself, I identify with them and applaud their courage to take on this challenge. To compete at World level requires a higher mental state and I believe that this experience will take them to the next level in terms of their skill, ability and mental toughness. I am very proud of them regardless of the outcome”


Undeterred, daring and eager to face the challenge 

Although the events are extremely competitive, Nazri and Rahman maintains a positive outlook. It will be their first international outing at World level for the 2 young athletes.


From left to right: Joel Lye (Vice President of KFS), Nazri and Rahman

Nazri says, “This is the reason why I chose to compete in this competition. To be able to compete at World level, it’s amazing! It’s truly a dream is to be able to represent Singapore in this prestigious competition, and to win, even better. I see it as a test for myself to benchmark against the World. Opportunities like this don’t come very often, and I feel that all that I’ve been working and training for in the past 10 years is coming to fruition.”

Rahman says, “I am very excited for this competition. This has been my goal which I’ve been working towards for the past 5 months. My target is to be able to do my best without regrets. Win or lose, I know that this whole experience will make me a better fighter and develop my character.”

President of KFS, Mr Jason Lim commented, “Having been an athlete myself, I identify with them and applaud their courage to take on this challenge. To compete at World level requires a higher mental state and I believe that this experience will take them to the next level in terms of their skill, ability and mental toughness. I am very proud of them regardless of the outcome”

 

 

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