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WKF Referee Commission meets via videoconference

2020-05-21

WKF Referee Commission meets via videoconference

The WKF Referee Commission held a meeting Thursday via videoconference to analyse the situation of Karate’s referee body amid the current crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The WKF Referee Commission held a meeting Thursday via videoconference to analyse the situation of Karate’s referee body amid the current crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Headed by WKF President Antonio Espinós, the meeting was chaired by WKF Referee Commission chairman Javier Escalante. Among the many topics of the agenda, the commission examined the consequences of the crisis in the group of professionals in charge of officiating Karate events. The tentative calendar for 2021 was reviewed together with the assumptions to be made for the remainder of 2020. The appointments of referees for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were analysed as the Games move to 2021.

The announced restructuration of the Referee Commission by the end of the year and the modifications in the referees’ evaluation system for next year were also on top of the agenda. Additionally, all the members of the commission who were attending the meeting remotely were briefed on the decisions taken by the WKF Executive Committee regarding the PLR and the License expired dates, as well as the eligibility for referees to attend the upcoming edition of the Senior World Championships.

“I am always very pleased to attest to the exceptional level of our referees, as it is demonstrated in all our events. The role of the Referee Commission is crucial in this regard, and I would like to congratulate all the members of the commission for their hard work and for their contribution to the progress of our sport. As we are now facing even greater challenges, we need to ensure that this great work is maintained in years to come. The next months will be challenging for all of us, but I am convinced that the referees will continue acting as one of Karate’s most important assets,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós.