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Karate maximising Olympic Solidarity opportunities

2020-04-21

Karate maximising Olympic Solidarity opportunities

While the Karate world continues getting ready to make its Olympic debut in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with the event in Tokyo starting in nearly 450 days, the Karate family maximises the opportunities around the Olympic status of the sport. No less than nine countries joined the Olympic Solidarity programmes in 2019 and nine athletes received the Tokyo 2020 Scholarship last year. 

While the Karate world continues getting ready to make its Olympic debut in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with the event in Tokyo starting in nearly 450 days, the Karate family maximises the opportunities around the Olympic status of the sport. No less than nine countries joined the Olympic Solidarity programmes in 2019 and nine athletes received the Tokyo 2020 Scholarship last year.

Created by the International Olympic Committee to organise assistance for the National Olympic Committees, particularly those with the greatest needs, Olympic Solidarity is a multi-faceted programme focusing on athletes’ development and coaches and sports administrators’ progress while promoting Olympic ideals.



Karate continued making the most of these opportunities and different Olympic Solidarity related activities were conducted last year. No less than seven courses for coaches were held in various countries throughout 2019. Trainers from countries such as Madagascar, Senegal, Rwanda, Lebanon, Namibia, Mali or Panama benefited from these Olympic Solidarity activities. The courses were led by experts such as reputed sensei Antonio Oliva, Andrianavomanana Solofonirina, Amed Cheick Hamidou Traore and Javier Mantilla. The duration of these courses varied from five days of the event in Madagascar to 13 days of the course in Mali.

Trainers from these developing countries had the opportunity to acquire invaluable knowledge from first-class experts so to continue their progress and thus helping the growth of the sport in these nations.

Additionally, two activities of Development of National Sports System were conducted in 2019. Tajikistan and Burundi were the locations were these programmes were held with Madvalyev Umarkhon and Farid Shuhaibi acting as instructors. The activities lasted four months and three months respectively. The national federations in both the Asian country and the African nation had the chance to improve their structures with the assistance of these programmes.



Not only national federations and coaches received assistance through Olympic Solidarity activities. Karate athletes had the opportunity to acquire additional funds to contribute to their preparation in the Olympic quest. Last year nine athletes from five countries received the Tokyo 2020 Scholarship.

The Olympic Scholarship helps athletes with funding for items such as access to adequate training facilities, specialized coach in his discipline, regular medical and scientific assistance, accident and illness insurance, board and lodging costs and travel to Olympic qualification competitions.

The third tier of assistance that the Karate world is receiving on the way to the Olympic Games is centred on refugees. Two karatekas are currently included in the IOC Refugee Athlete Support programme. Athletes Wael Shueb and Asif Sultani are among the 50 Refugee Scholarship holders hoping to be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020.

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