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Great unity on EKF Congress

2018-05-09

The Congress of the European Karate Federation saw an impressive solidarity amongst its members as the stakeholders of the continental federation approved key initiatives for the progress of the organisation at the annual meeting which was held in Novi Sad (Serbia). 

Delegates from 41 national federations gathered in Novi Sad (Serbia) where the EKF celebrated its yearly plenary session. The key points on the agenda saw the Congress approve different reports, from financial matters to technical issues. A presentation on the 2019 European Games in Minsk was introduced, while the EKF Commissions showed different initiatives to further expand the sport all over Europe. 

The EKF competition calendar was also outlined; the organisers of the next Cadet, Junior & U21 European Championships, to be held in Aalborg (Denmark), and the 2019 Senior European Championships to be celebrated in Guadalajara (Spain) gave a progress report to the plenary session. The upcoming continental tournaments were also appointed, thus completing the coveted events plan for the next five years. According to this programme, the 2021 Senior European Championships will be held in Sweden while the 2023 Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships will go to Cyprus.   

EKF President Antonio Espinós thanked all the members for their collective efforts and reflected on the development of Karate in Europe in the last years. “I would like to say that all the EKF’s achievements were, are and will be the result of shared effort and the dedication of all the EKF’s family members. I want to thank all the EKF’s members for their support, and I hope that we continue working together for the continued success of our sport,” said EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós.  

“However, we must not be complacent; we should not focus on what we have already achieved but on all that we still have to accomplish. We have a bright future ahead of us and many goals yet to reach,” added Mr. Espinós.

The EKF Congress was held in Novi Sad on the eve of the 2018 Senior Karate Championships. The 53rd edition of the continental tournament will be hosted in the city of Northern Serbia where top European athletes are set to compete for gold from May 10-13.  


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