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WKF President meets Russian Olympic Committee President in Moscow


WKF President Antonio Espinós met with the President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov during the Karate 1-Premier League in Moscow this week. Mr Pozdnyakov welcomed Mr Espinós at the headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow where the two officials discussed the progress of Karate in the country. 

The popularity of Karate in Russia is reaching new heights as athletes of the powerhouse nation of the sport are fighting to achieve the qualification to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Olympic prospects of Karate and the opportunities to further grow the sport in Russia were among the topics of the agenda of the meeting. 

The delegation of the WKF visiting the headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow was headed by WKF President Antonio Espinós and had Russian Karate Federation President Sergey Tsoy and Russian Karate Federation Executive Committee member Veniamin Pak as attendees. The meeting was held in the capital of Russia as Moscow hosts the sixth stop of the Karate 1-Premier League this week. 

“We continue growing at an unprecedented pace. Our events are attracting more and more fans and media; more and more spectators follow our competitions on site or through WKF’s social media channels, as we could attest this week in the Karate 1-Premier League in Moscow. Karate has the potential to develop the sport even more, especially in countries like Russia; we are ready to work hard together with the Russian Karate Federation and with the Russian sports authorities to achieve this goal,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós. 

“It was great to sit with Mr Pozdnyakov and see his commitment to the progress of sports in Russia. I want to thank him for his time today and for his support to the growth of Karate in Russia,” added Mr Espinós, who also acknowledged the outstanding expansion of Karate’s governing body in the country. 

“It is a source of pride to attest the exceptional work that the Russian Karate Federation has been doing over the past years. The organisation, which is brilliantly managed by president Sergey Tsoy has become an active force within the WKF and one of our biggest assets in our goal of taking Karate to new heights,” said WKF and EKF President Antonio Espinós.    

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