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The men and women making Karate's debut "official"

2021-07-21

The men and women making Karate's debut

The World Karate Federation (WKF) would like to take a moment to salute all the men and women who make up our superb team of officials

With the Olympic Games’ debut of Karate now just days away, the World Karate Federation (WKF) would like to take a moment to salute all the men and women who make up our superb team of officials, from the referees to the judges and timekeepers.

Our officials have spent countless hours honing their skills to become the very best in their field, ensuring that our competitions are governed in the most honourable and fair manner possible. Their professionalism provides a fair and impartial platform for our karatekas to perform to the best of their ability, confident in the knowledge they are doing so on a level playing field.

The WKF is confident that the world will see just how professional and well-organised our sport is this summer in Tokyo thanks to our officials, who will be overseen by Chairman of the WKF Referee Commission Javier Escalante (SWE) and coordinated by Event Delegate Esteban Pérez (ESP).

“Our athletes are of course looking forward to the Olympic Games, but so too is our team of officials, who have devoted much of their lives to the sport and consider Tokyo 2020 to be the pinnacle of their careers as well,” said Escalante. “Having been engaged in the sport for 45 years, it’s an honour for me to represent our dedicated group of men and women who will oversee our competitions in Tokyo.”

The Karate competition at Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for 5-7 August 2021 at the Nippon Budokan, with medals being awarded on each competition day.

In total, 82 karateka (40 women and 42 men) will compete at Tokyo 2020 – 61 in Kumite and 21 in Kata. They will represent 36 different countries, a testament to the sport’s global popularity.

For more information on the WKF referees, visit our website: https://www.wkf.net/structure-judges-referees