2021: A truly memorable year
The year 2021 has been memorable for Karate.
From the Olympic debut of Karate to a historic edition of the World Championships; from honouring Karate’s successful history to overcoming the hardest circumstances; from celebrating the unity of the sport to highlighting Karate’s bright future. The year 2021 has been memorable for Karate.
This is a review of a year to remember.
WKF’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The year started with the continuing celebration of WKF’s 50th Anniversary. The glorious history of the organisation was highlighted in a much-praised commemorative magazine which you can review CLICKING HERE.
GOING BACK TO NORMAL
After a coronavirus-stricken year, the effective implementation of the WKF COVID-19 Protocol was emphasised at the first event of the season, the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul. Karate's first-class series of international events had stops in Istanbul, Lisbon, Cairo and Moscow.
KARATE EVENTS TAKING THE STAGE
With international Karate adapting its competition to the “new normal”, Karate events continued being successfully celebrated all over the world, including national competitions and continental championships.
UNITY OF KARATE
Despite the challenging circumstances, the unity of Karate was continuously underscored throughout the year. No less than five rounds of videoconference meetings with National Federations were held where plans, COVID countermeasures and projects and hopes for the sport were shared among all WKF’s stakeholders.
STRENGHT OF KARATE AT YOUNG AGES SHOWCASED
The popularity of Karate among youngsters was showcased at the Karate 1-Youth League events and the WKF Youth Camp. Regardless of the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the events in Limassol (Cyprus), Porec (Croatia), Istanbul (Turkey) and Venice (Italy) were a massive demonstration of the strength of Youth Karate.
KARATE READY TO MAKE OLYMPIC DEBUT
The excitement around the Olympic debut of Karate reached its highest in June when the Olympic Qualification tournament was held in Paris (France). The last Olympic spots were distributed in a fantastic event forever to be in the memory of Karate fans.
To celebrate the many values of Karate and the historic Olympic debut of the sport, the WKF launched a highly successful campaign entitled #KarateSpirit. The Karate world joined forces around the anticipated Olympic debut of Karate.
KARATE OLYMPIC SPORT
Finally, the moment arrived. The dream of the whole Karate world finally came true, and Karate became an Olympic sport. Throughout three days, Karate was showcased at the biggest stage and fans around the world could witness the magnificence and the many values of Karate. Plenty of memorable moments were left for fans to enjoy and remember at the event.
KARATE DESERVES OLYMPIC SPOT
After the success of Karate’s Olympic presentation in Tokyo, it was evident that the sport truly deserves a permanent spot in the Olympic programme, as demanded by WKF President Antonio Espinós at the Tokyo 2020 closing press conference.
GOING BACK TO ACTION IN STYLE
Following the Olympic debut of Karate, the sport returned to action demonstrating the global appeal of Karate at the events after the Olympic Games. The Karate 1-Premier League events in Cairo (Egypt) and Moscow (Russia) continued the successful year for the sport.
PAVING THE WAY FOR KARATE’S BRIGHT FUTURE
On the eve of the 2021 World Senior Championships, the Karate family gathered for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak to celebrate a historic WKF Congress where crucial decisions were taken such as the new WKF’s Strategic Plan.
HISTORIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dubai hosted the historic 25th edition of the World Senior Championships. It was a truly outstanding celebration of Karate as the new kings and queens of the sport were crowned in an event to remember.
GLORIOUS END OF YEAR
The inclusion of Karate in yet one more multi-sport event of the Olympic cycle – the Youth Pan American Games – and the last continental championships in Asia and Africa, as well as the incredibly massive Karate 1-Youth League Venice put a fantastic finishing touch to the memorable year.
The sky is the limit for Karate as a new and anticipated year awaits. 2022 will surely bring joy and plenty of memorable moments for Karate fans around the world. OSS!