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Second phase of Referees' standardisation project to be held in Mexico

2022-08-26

Second phase of Referees' standardisation project to be held in Mexico

WKF’s ground-breaking project to standardise the refereeing protocols all over the world reaches its second stage this week in Mexico.

The WKF’s working group in charge of the Referees’ Standardisation Project travelled to Mexico City where the 2022 PKF Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships are being held. Headed by WKF Referee Commission chairman Javier Escalante and with project leaders Fariba Madani and Natalia Dajcman in attendance, the group aims at continuing the unification of all the refereeing procedures, from the registration of judges and referee course to the application of rules during the competition.

The main goal of the project is to ensure that referees follow similar patterns of performance regardless of the location of the Karate event.

The project was initiated in May in Gaziantep (Turkey) during the 2022 EKF Senior Championships. After the event in Mexico, Durban (South Africa) will host the third phase of the project in November, on the occasion of the 2022 UFAK Championships. The fourth stage will take place in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in December during the 2022 AKF Championships.

WKF President Antonio Espinós said:

“The project to standardise the refereeing criteria around the world is one of the most ambitious initiatives of the WKF. It will give referees the tools they need to raise the bar of judging in Karate competitions even more, and it will open the door to a new era of refereeing in Karate.

“I am sure that the second phase in Mexico will be a success. I want to thank Mr Escalante and his team for their efforts to make this project happen and to the PKF and its president José García Maañón for their assistance and cooperation.”

(Top picture: Seated left to right: PKF Referee Commission member Monica Abril, Mexico Karate Federation president Samantha Desciderio, WKF Referee Commission secretary Fariba Madani, and WKF Referee Commission assistant secretary Natalia Dajcman.

Standing left to right: PKF Referee Commission member Yaro Tarana, WKF and PKF Referee Commission member Guido Abdalla, WKF Referee Commission chairman Javier Escalante, WKF Vice-President and PKF President José García Maañón, PKF Referee Commission chairman Hector Arena, PKF Referee Commission member Celso Rodriguez, and PKF Referee Commission secretary Miguel Nacarino.