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Key Issues and Progress of Karate Reviewed at WKF Executive Committee Meeting

2024-06-11

Key Issues and Progress of Karate Reviewed at WKF Executive Committee Meeting

The World Karate Federation (WKF) held a significant meeting of its Executive Committee via videoconference today. Chaired by WKF President Antonio Espinós, the meeting saw the active participation of all Executive Committee members and members of the WKF Headquarters, joining remotely to discuss the current state and future of the sport.

Among the many crucial points on the agenda, the committee evaluated the Olympic prospects of the sport, focusing on strategies for the next steps of Karate to recover its status as an Olympic sport.

Moreover, refereeing issues and the implementation of measures to improve the well-being of judges at events were discussed while the financial health of the organization was also thoroughly reviewed. The committee examined the budgets and financial statements, ensuring transparency and strategic allocation of resources.


A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to discussing the state of the World Team Championships. The governing body assessed the qualification pathways for teams, the list of squads that have punched their tickets to participate in the event as well as updates in the preparations for the tournament to be held in Pamplona later this year.


The Executive Committee approved the initial sports calendar for 2025, setting the stage for another year of dynamic karate events and competitions. Regarding future events, potential hosts for upcoming competitions were considered, including the revision of the bidding processes for the 2026 World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships and the 2026 World Team Championships, initially allocated to Rabat (Morocco) and Hangzhou (China), respectively.


With tremendous development in marketing domains being made over the last few years, initiatives to improve karate’s reach in marketing were discussed. This included the new homologation process for approved WKF brands, aimed at boosting the sport’s global visibility and marketability.


A presentation on updates to the rules regarding coaches was delivered by WKF Technical Commission Chairman Mohamed Elhosieny, highlighting important changes and improvements.


Commenting on the meeting, WKF President Antonio Espinós said:


"We have made substantial progress in the sport of karate, and today's meeting of the Executive Committee reflects our commitment to continued growth and excellence. The diverse range of topics discussed shows our dedication to every aspect of the sport. We are particularly excited about the future events and the projects to enhance the global reach of karate. While we celebrate our achievements, we remain mindful of the challenges ahead and are ready to address them with strategic planning and collective effort."