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One shot dead, another seriously injured at kickboxing gala

Monday 12 November 2012

One man was shot dead and another, possibly his brother, seriously injured in a shooting incident at a kickboxing event in the Brabant village of Zijtaart on Sunday.

According to local media, two men became embroiled in a dispute which ended in a fight. A third man produced a gun and shot at the two who were fighting. The gunman then left the village hall where the fight was taking place, eyewitnesses said.

Nos television says the dead man is a 35-year-old kickboxing promoter.

The Telegraaf says it is unclear if other people were injured. Hundreds of people fled the building after the fight broke out and several children hid themselves under the ring, the Telegraaf said.

The kickboxing event, named The Battle of Zijtaart, started at around 14.00 on Sunday afternoon. It is the third time the event has taken place and around 300 people were in the audience.


A number of people, possibly four, have since been arrested but it is not clear if the shooter is among them.

It is not the first time kickboxing events have ended in a fight, website nu.nl points out. In May 2011 one man ended up in intensive care after a kickboxing gala in Hoorn ended in a mass brawl.

Since 2010, local authorities have had the power to decide whether or not to allow fighting events. Amsterdam plans to ban them from council buildings and Rotterdam is also introducing restrictions. Hilversum has banned them altogether.

Is kickboxing a sport? Have your say using the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

so sad to hear this, so mnay are trying to do the right thing and follow a good path, this plays into the hands of everyone trying to kill the sport all together, in the end it is young people. testosterone, and egos, with no dicipline respect and maturity,

By rob | 12 November 2012 9:13 AM

Yeah its a sport.Not a very good one but its a sport just as much as boxing is.I don't like it but what can you do if two people want to kick the crap out of each other in the ring?

By jason buttle | 12 November 2012 10:02 AM

Such a tragic event, and you question is "Is kick-boxing a sport?". Not good DN.

Perhaps your question was more subtle, in that you really ask if Kickboxing attracts a certain type of sporting fan, one in which violence is an attribute, and to this I suspect the answer is Yes.

By GS | 12 November 2012 11:00 AM

kickboxing,bull fighting, camel wrestling,cock fighting etc are cruel practices.must all be banned with mosque boarding school sleeper cells.

By billt | 12 November 2012 2:01 PM

Kickboxing is a martial art. Anybody slating it, I assume you have never tried it, therefore are in no position to comment. How on earth you can compare it to bull fighting, cock fighting ect I'll never know.

By SS | 12 November 2012 6:06 PM

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