Carl EMERY : “…when I was competing. There were only 2 Worldwide federations.. “
November 8, 2010 8:04 pm
INTERVIEW with the founder of the WORLD KICKBOXING FORUM which will be held in GENEVA, Switzerland – November 20 .
Fightmag.net : Historical meeting . How many federation have signed up so far , less than 2 weeks left before the FORUM ?
Carl EMERY : Fifteen international federations have confirmed their participation so far. The main federations will take part. This is the first time in the history of kickboxing that all the World sanctioning bodies will sit around the same table. I agree with you this will be a historical event and I am really proud of the tremendous work that my team of the Pantheon of Sports and Martial Arts have done to bring all these people together.
Believe me! It has not been a pleasure cruise! I would like to congratulate all the presidents of the different federations who have accepted to take part in this forum. In doing so, they have shown their good will and their determination of making kickboxing become a stronger and more credible sport.
Fightmag.net : Who can join and participate in FORUM ? Any restrictions ?
Carl EMERY : Absolutely no restriction. All executives (presidents, directors) of all kickboxing sanctioning bodies that are internationally represented can take part. The size of the organization does not matter. This was the only way to bring all organizations together.
I perfectly know that some of the organizations that are taking part to the forum are very small and are not very active. We have to welcome them though. We do not want to segregate anyone.
Fightmag.net : How the idea of the FORUM was created and when have you started organizing it ?
Carl EMERY : When I was competing. There were only 2 Worldwide federations. And I even thought it was stupid to have 2 world champions, for the same sport, in the same weight divisions. Today it has become easier to be World champion than National champion in many countries. This is simply ridiculous. We are killing the sport like federations and managers have killed boxing. I thought that we had to do something.
Fightmag.net : What will be the major topics to discuss ?
Carl EMERY : I especially have chosen very reachable goals for this first forum. It has to be successful. First of all, we will decide for a common medical form for the competitors. Of course, some countries already ask higher requirements for their competitors and we will encourage them to continue. But in some other countries, there is nothing at all and this can endanger the health of the fighters. We will discuss about creating a website with World data of the results and records of kickboxing matches.
Fightmag.net : Any will of finding a conclusion of uniting “ All under ONE “ ?
Carl EMERY : Of course, this is my dream! I hope that it will come true one day but I am perfectly aware that it will take time, but a thousand miles journey starts with a small step. And this is what will happen in Geneva on November 20th 2010!
Fightmag.net : Most of federations carry Thai Boxing / Muaythai , MMA under their umbrellas . Will the attention fall on these types of fighting sport ?
Carl EMERY : Do you read in my mind? This is exactly what I will announce at the end of this first World Kickboxing Forum. The next forum will certainly be called World Combat Sports Forum and will include Muaythai and MMA.
Fightmag.net : Towards OLYMPICS . It is being discussed and hear-said for many years the facility of joining the Olympic program with Kickboxing . Will be any commissioners from the OLYMPIC head structure presented on the FORUM to assist ?
Carl EMERY : All I can tell you is that the contacts I have in the highest spheres of international sports organizations are very pleased that this forum will finally be held. They have a lot of hopes that this initiative to bring people together will continue and will be fruitful. Kickboxing has NO chance to become an Olympic sport if the main organizations do not find a way to merge. This is not a supposition. This is a fact.
Fightmag.net : Thank you .
Carl EMERY : Thank you for your interest. I will keep you and your readers informed!