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Progress of Karate amid coronavirus pandemic discussed in second round of meetings with national federations

2020-08-28

Progress of Karate amid coronavirus pandemic discussed in second round of meetings with national federations

The second round of meetings with national federations started today as WKF President Antonio Espinós met via videoconference with representatives of national organisations from European countries. 

The second round of meetings with national federations started today as WKF President Antonio Espinós met via videoconference with representatives of national organisations from European countries.

Nearly 80 national federations from all over the world will join the three-day meetings via videoconference. The first gathering had representatives from nearly 30 European national federations joining the discussions. Delegates from Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Russian Federation, San Marino, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine participated in the meeting.

WKF President Antonio Espinós highlighted the importance of unity and accountability while he appreciated the efforts of national federations to maintain the practise of the sport in their territories during these unprecedented times.



“After the first round of meetings that we had in May, and now after closely listening to each one of you today, I have the perception that the Karate world is in a much better position now than what it was only a few months ago. I am pleased and honoured to receive all this great feedback from all of you, and I want to express my gratitude for your essential contribution to the progress of our sport,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós addressing the attendees.

The promotion of Karate at the national level and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the continent were also on top of the agenda. The different possibilities for the re-start of the competition were discussed as the participating national federations were encouraged to join another meeting scheduled to be held by the end of the year.



“The whole Karate Family are waiting for the return of our beloved sport. While this moment comes, I am sure that our athletes and representatives will continue to inspire and to give us hope. It is our responsibility to offer our fans and stakeholders the opportunity to celebrate the values, unity, and dedication of our beloved sport,” said the head of the WKF and EKF Antonio Espinós.

“I have a great sense of optimism for the coming months. I am sure that together, and with the efforts of all the parties involved, we will be able to resume our activities very soon. We are hoping that our athletes will be able to go back to competing as soon as the situation allows it,” added Mr Espinós.