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EKF Executive Committee commits to further growth of Karate in Europe


The Executive Committee of the European Karate Federation (EKF) met in Aalborg (Denmark) to analyse the situation of the sport in the continent. With the Danish city hosting the EKF Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships this weekend, EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós chaired the meeting that set the roadmap of the development of Karate in Europe. 

The progress reports of EKF’s major events were on top of the agenda of the gatherings. The analysis of the state of organisation of the 2019 EKF Senior Championships in Guadalajara (Spain) next March was discussed. The competition calendar was also confirmed with next year’s big European events going to Hungary and Azerbaijan. 

The governing body of the EKF also put attention on one of this year’s major events, the 2nd European Games in Minsk (Belarus). Karate will be making its appearance in the European Games for the second time with the karate competitions scheduled for June 29-30.

The addition of a new member to the EKF Executive Committee was also approved, as the Ukrainian Karate Federation president Sergeii Levchuk will be joining the EKF governing body. 

“The increasing quantity and quality of our major events are further helping us to shape the future of our sport. We look forward to making the most of these events to increase the popularity of Karate in Europe,” said EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós, who also thanked the Danish Karate Federation president Thomas Bjuring for the excellent organisation in Aalborg. 

“The meeting today was again a great opportunity to assess the progress of our sport in Europe. I encourage all the members of the Karate family in Europe to continue giving their utmost to capitalise on this current golden age of our sport,” added Mr Espinós.  

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