The Karate competition of the 2023 European Games concluded Friday in Bielsko-Biala (Poland) with a celebration of the many values of Karate. At a closing dinner offered by the EKF to the delegation travelling to Bielsko Biala, President Antonio Espinós highlighted the success of the Karate competition at the multi-sport event.
EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós said:
“Karate has, once again, demonstrated its excellence at a major multi-sport event. We have showed the strength of our organisation, the excitement of our competition, and the values of our athletes. It has not been easy to reach our third participation at the European Games, but we finally made it a reality, and this event has been a huge success for our sport. This success has been possible thanks to our great teamwork.
“I want to thank EKF General Secretary, Davor Cipek, for making everything easy. Our special gratitude also goes to Polish Karate Union President Pawel Poltorzecki and the EG Technical Delegate Konrad Poltorzecki; without your hard work and your commitment, we surely would not be here in Bielsko Biala at the European Games.
“Our biggest asset is the excellent people that form this organisation. The outstanding progress of Karate and the many successes that we have accomplished over the years are thanks to all of you here today. With the quality of people of the EKF, we have a bright future.”
Polish Karate Union President Pawel Poltorzecki and EG Technical Delegate Konrad Poltorzecki address the audience during the closing dinner.
At the event, Polish Karate Union President Pawel Poltorzecki thanked the EKF Technical Officials for their contribution to the success of the event and highlighted his delight for hosting the tournament at the home of Polish Karate.
“It was an honour to welcome all of you here, in our city of Bielsko-Biala and I hope that this event and the time you spent here will always remain in your memory.”
The Karate event at the 2023 European Games concluded Friday after two thrilling days of competition. Ukraine topped the medal table of the Karate competition with two golds and four medals, followed by Azerbaijan and Spain, with two golds and three medals each.
(Top picture: EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós (right) presents a recognition to Polish Karate Union President Pawel Poltorzecki)
EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós (centre) poses with all the International Technical Officials of Karate at the 2023 European Games.
From left to right: Polish Karate Union President Pawel Poltorzecki, EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós, EKF and WKF Executive Committee member Davide Benetello.