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Fourth round of meetings with national celebrations concludes amid bright future for Karate

2021-03-31

Fourth round of meetings with national celebrations concludes amid bright future for Karate

WKF President Antonio Espinós today closed the successful fourth round of meetings with national federations stating the bright future for the sport.

WKF President Antonio Espinós today closed the successful fourth round of meetings with national federations stating the bright future for the sport. The last session gathered representatives of French-speaking African countries.

“We have demonstrated that with huge efforts and hard work it was possible to restart our activities despite the current challenging circumstances. Looking at the 2021 competition calendar, I am happy to say that thus far no event has been cancelled. We have sadly postponed some competitions to later this year, but I am confident that the situation will progressively go back to normal. I hope that we will manage to celebrate all our events this year,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós. 

The last day of conferences was attended by delegates of Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. UFAK President Mohamed Tahar Mesbahi and WKF Executive Committee members Bechir Cherif and Souleymane Gaye also participated in the meeting.

Continuing the discussions of the previous days, the last session focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the development of the sport. Revisions in the competition calendar and the latest updates in the Olympic qualification pathway were also analysed. The situation of Karate in Africa, the increasing popularity of the sport, and enhancements in the organisational matters of Karate in the region were also evaluated.

Additionally, UFAK President Mohamed Tahar Mesbahi reviewed the main topics of interest of the discipline in the region as well as providing updates on the different UFAK events and activities.  

“You can be assured that despite the challenging times, Karate’s future is brighter than ever. We have had the opportunity to strengthen our preparation for our Olympic debut, and we have worked together to further break all our limits. Without the cooperation of all the National Federations, this success would have been impossible. Only together we can continue writing new chapters of Karate’s history,” said Mr Espinós.