Published on : Friday, August 26, 2016
Dublin is once again punching well above its weight in the world of international events as this weekend sees the arrival of over 2,200 overseas participants for the World Junior and Cadet Kickboxing Championships. Supported by Fáilte Ireland, the tourism authority today welcomed an estimated €1.7 million revenue boost for the city as participants from across the globe check in to Citywest for the week-long event.
A further 25 events have been secured for the next five years totalling over 45,000 international participants and revenue of €32 million.
Speaking today about the importance of hosting such tournaments, Jennifer Churchward Events Manager with Fáilte Ireland said –
“These events provide us with great opportunities to showcase Ireland’s ability to host international sporting tournaments while also reaching out to spectators in some of our key markets. We are delighted to welcome all the participants and supporters to Ireland and look forward to an exciting week of sport.”
57 countries will be represented with the competition covering five different disciplines of kickboxing – Point Fighting, Full Contact, Light Contact, Kick light and Musical Forms. Team Ireland will have high hopes from the event after finishing second in the overall medal tables in the European Championships in 2015.
Looking forward to the event, Roy Baker, President Kickboxing Ireland said –
“The hosting of this Junior and Cadet Championships for the first time in Ireland is a culmination of ten years of development and progression of the sport of kickboxing in Ireland. It has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of the current executive board and previous executive boards. This event has only materialised because of the support of state agencies like Fáilte Ireland.
“I am proud of what we have achieved to date and what we intend achieving in the future. The sport of kickboxing has been on an upward trajectory for the last ten years and the incremental increase in awareness and participation are testament to the work we do as a national governing body of the sport. We put our athletes at the forefront of everything we do and everything we intend to do in the future, as they are our future.”
Event Ireland is a new team set up within Fáilte Ireland – its role is to identify, bid for and win events for Ireland. Fáilte Ireland is chasing further leads with the intention of building Irelands ‘event reputation’ and winning more participants, spectators, revenue and profile for Ireland.
Source:- Failte Ireland