The Executive Committee of the European Karate Federation (EKF) met in Prague (Czech Republic) to analyse the development of the sport on the continent.
Headed by EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós, the gathering was held in Prague as the 2022 EKF Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships started Friday.
Among the many topics on the agenda, the influence of Karate’s major events was discussed. Since the relevance of Karate’s top competitions continues to grow, the EKF’s decision-making body pledged to further raise the level of these events as they are regarded as the catalysts of Karate’s progress on the continent.
Following this strategy, a close evaluation of the 2022 EKF Senior Championships which were held in Gaziantep (Turkey) in May was carried out at the meeting. The Executive Committee thoroughly examined the final report of the event and vowed to continue analysing the outcome of the championships to finalise the full evaluation in the coming weeks/months.
Progress reports of the upcoming major Karate events in Europe were presented. Additionally, the Karate competition at the 2023 European Games was reviewed. As one of the biggest and most anticipated events of next year, the Executive Committee of the EKF decided to do the utmost to guarantee the success of the competition.
EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós said:
“Karate in Europe has grown tremendously over the last several years. We need to be aware that our events attract, now more than ever, outstanding interest and importance for fans, sponsors, and stakeholders alike. Therefore, we must continue working together to ensure that these events fully reflect the excellence of Karate, the many values of the sport, and the growing level of our discipline. If we accomplish this, Karate will confirm, once again, its status as one of the most relevant and popular sports in Europe.”