Karate reinstated in programme of Games of Small States of Europe
Karate will be returning to the sports programme of the Games of the Small States of Europe for the 2025 edition of the event.
The General Assembly of the Small States of Europe approved the list of sports to be included in the programme of the 2025 Games in Andorra. Following this decision, Karate is returning to the programme of the event after not being included in the 2023 Games to be held in Malta.
Karate was set to make its debut in the Games of the Small States of Europe in the 2021 edition of the event which was initially slated to be held in Andorra. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the whole long-term schedule of the Games of the Small States of Europe was reconsidered, and the Games in Andorra were moved to 2025, with the 2023 event being held in Malta.
The decision of the General Assembly puts Karate in the programme of the event thus reconfirming Karate’s presence in all the multi-sport continental events.
EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós said:
“Karate is one of the most well-known and most widely practised disciplines in the world. We believe that our sport deserves to be included in all the multi-sport events in the world. Moreover, we are convinced that the many principles of Karate, such as respect, honour and sporting spirit elevate the value of these events. We are delighted that karatekas from all the small states of Europe will find the opportunity to demonstrate the greatness of Karate in the 2025 Games.”
“I would like to thank the Small States of Europe Karate Federation and its president Andreas Vasileiou and the President of the Andorra Karate Federation Xavier Herver for their efforts to reconfirm Karate’s presence in the programme of the 2025 Games of the Small States of Europe.”