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Boiling Portuguese kickboxing: FNCDA accuses FPCMT of “cheating”



Boiling Portuguese kickboxing: FNCDA accuses FPCMT of "cheating"

The dispute between the Combat Sports Federation (FNKDA) and the Portuguese Kickboxing and Muay Thai Federation (FPKMT) is not new, but it saw a new chapter this Sunday. So, after the FKMT retinue returned from the ISKA (International Sports Kickboxing Association) World Championships with several medals won, the FNCDA issued a statement classifying these results as a “hoax”. FNKDA, which is affiliated to WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations), an organization that regulates kickboxing worldwide and intends to keep the modality alive in Portugal, has raised a number of doubts about competitions held in Turkey. “The presence of a Portuguese kickboxing team at a Tier 3 martial arts tournament in Turkey with amassed 71 medals from 80 athletes should make those who are fueling this hoax starting with the government agencies that fund this Lesadesporto blush in shame. show even some coaches and former athletes with a curriculum and a career in serious world kickboxing competitions.

Out of 80 athletes, 71 get medals, I think it’s unlikely and serious enough to look at the way the sport is going, which is its destruction, and it should serve as a reflection of what is being done with the sport. Kickboxing with this performance immediately hit the top sports draws of the year.

These competitions have no official oversight, no anti-doping control or significant regulation, which poses serious risks to the physical integrity of the athletes. There are no official verified records of the participants or their origin, the equipment is not official, these tests are not regulated by anyone except the participants themselves, since they are a private company.

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Behind this participation, presented as historical, lies a perverse reason: many athletes have been asking for money, getting into debt and creating difficulties in pursuit of a dream that is a hoax, without regulation and trust. To ensure the dream of a medal in such competitions, to play with the desire and work of athletes, is at the very least unseemly, mean and malicious,” reads a statement signed by Joao Diogo, Acting President of the FNKDA.

Carlos Ramjanali, Executive Director of WAKO, also commented in the same statement: “This tournament organized by ISKA was not kickboxing, the competition was organized in Turkey by the Kempo Federation. to justify the funds he receives from the state. However, this is a crime against sports, against sports truth and before the safety of athletes. The trivialization of medals, as happened here, when athletes fight only one fight, lose and still win a silver medal is absurd and the antagonism of what is sport. The state should intervene, I think this example is a clear example of the direction kickboxing has been given in Portugal. This championship in Turkey was dedicated to martial arts, the only agent who says specifically for kickboxing was the Portuguese Kickboxing and Thai Boxing Federation, perhaps to justify the funds it receives from the state.

In conclusion, FNKDA referred to the WAKO European Championship, which will be held from November 11 in Turkey. “Athletes who qualify for the European Olympic Games and the World Games next year, two events with the seal of the Olympic Committee, will travel to Turkey next week to compete for the WAKO European title.”

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11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting



11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting

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Martim Marques, who also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal this year, reached the final of his race in 11th position on the grid.

Portuguese driver Martim Marques, 11, won the Rotax World Karting Final this weekend at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Martim Marques, who this year also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal, started in the final of his race in 11th place on the grid among 35 drivers.

“It has been a fantastic year for the Portuguese riders and what Martim has achieved today is remarkable and deserves all the recognition. Congratulations to Portuguese karting, as well as to all those who help and support the career of Martim and all other pilots,” the president said. Portuguese Automobile and Karting Federation (FPAK), Ni Amorim.

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children’s literature – Observer



Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children's literature – Observer

The publication of children’s books about gender identity in Portugal is still rare because the topic has not yet been standardized in public discourse, researcher Emanuel Madalena, who dedicated his doctoral dissertation to Luce, told the agency.

Emanuel Madalena, collaborating researcher at the Center for Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, wrote a doctoral thesis on the presence of the topic of gender identity, in particular about transgender people, in children’s literaturewhich he later adapted into a book called “Challenge to Gender”, which will be presented in Lisbon this Saturday.

For the investigation, Emanuel Madalena reviewed a pre- and initial reading edition of books published between 2000 and 2019, bringing together 38 works edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Of the books analyzed in the dissertation, there are two that deserve attention for their quality, noted by Emanuel Madalena, and which are published in Portugal: “O Jaime é uma sereia” by Jessica Love (Fábula), “which is in the process of canonization” by readers and ” Thiago’s Dresses” by Joana Estrela in her own edition.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Emanuel Madalena argues that picture books for children about gender identity, and transgender people in particular, are “very important in providing information about identity to these children and informing people in general about this issue.”

In his book, published by the cultural cooperative Outro Modo, Emanuel Madalena writes that “children’s literature on transgender topics is important not only for transgender children, but for all children and for society as a whole” because it can foster “attitudes of acceptance and integration of differences.

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The researcher does not have a clear answer why there are no more books on this topic in Portugal.

It’s not that the Portuguese publishing scene is far ahead in terms of trends – it isn’t – but maybe it’s a bit on the side of authors. The public discourse on these topics in Portugal itself needs more discussion, information, but it is enough for one of these players to want it, the editor has a strong desire to publish it or the author created it for something to happen, ”he believes. .

In the course of the investigation, Emanuel Madalena read some of these books to children and met with no resistance.

“This is a completely adult problem. (…) This is an essential question of a dual addressee: the book should be liked by both children and adults, and it is they who choose it, especially for early childhood,” he said.

The researcher believes that it is through independent publishers or those with greater creative and editorial freedom that more titles on these topics can be published.

“The independent publication is the firmest first step towards the centripetal path of legitimizing the transgender theme, from the fringe of the literary subsystem of children’s literature to its commercial center,” he wrote.

Emanuel Madalena believes that by reflecting changes in society, entering into public discourse, “emerging, controversial and sensitive topics end up being not so”, even if there may be moments of discomfort on the part of some readers.

“Like, for example, the topic of divorce, which was once divisive in children’s literature and is no longer so. It even seems ridiculous to think that talking about it with children is taboo,” he recalls.

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Given that “books for children with transgender themes are still in their early stages”, Emanuel Madalena explains in the book that much of the literary output is still geared towards cognitive-pedagogical aspect, legitimation, and not in the game phase for younger readers.

Emanuel Madalena, PhD in Literature, MA in Editorial Studies and Education, hopes his work will contribute to “gender studies and the movement to include and make gender diversity visible in academic research.”

“Chalking Gender – Transgender in Children’s Literature” will be presented this Saturday at the Snob bookstore in Lisbon by André Tesedeiro and in the presence of the author.


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Official: Mikael Sagna has signed a professional contract with Sporting. The 16-year-old striker, who moved to Alvalade in the 2019/2020 season, was pleased with the new career step.

“Signing a professional contract was my goal”

“I’m happy. Signing a professional contract was my goal and it shows that I’m doing a good job. So now it’s time to move on to achieve new goals,” he told the lion’s media.

“Sporting believes in us”

The athlete plays for the junior team of lions and is very grateful to Sporting for everything that the club has given him: Sporting believes in us, believes in our potential and therefore puts us at a higher level for growth and development. It was good, I grew up.”

Sporting believe in the youngest

“The problems are getting bigger, but I was able to deal with them. In addition, the master [Pedro Coelho] this helped me a lot. Sporting believe in the youngest, bet on them, and I also believe that with my work I can get there,” he repeated, making a promise to the green and white fans: “I will continue to give everything for Sporting, he finished.

This season Mikael Sagna has scored two goals in 13 games for the youth team and four goals in four games for the youth team.


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