European Karate Federation General Secretary Davor Cipek headed the delegation of the sport participating in the 52nd edition of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly. The event was held in Istanbul (Turkiye) and was also attended by Turkish Karate Federation president Aslan Abid Uguz.
The EOC gathering had many points of discussion including reports by EOC top officials Spyros Capralos, Raffaele Pagnozzi, and Peter Mennel. The EOC Strategic Agenda 2030, reports by ANOC and IOC, and the 12th Piotr Nurowski Best European Young Athlete Prize were also on the agenda.
During the Assembly, the Karate representatives had the opportunity to meet with EOC President Spyros Capralos and EOC Executive Committee member and Chairman of EOC’s Coordination Commission for the European Games Hasan Arat. The permanence of Karate in the programme of the future editions of the European Games was discussed.
EKF General Secretary Davor Cipek said:
“As the representatives of the EKF, we can be pleased for the EOC’s support of Karate. After the European Games in Baku in 2015, in Minsk in 2019, and in Poland in 2023, the EKF and the top European Karate athletes deserve to be part of the next edition of the European Games in 2027.”
EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós said:
“Karate has widely demonstrated its tremendous added value at multi-sport events in the three editions of the European Games. Our sport is one of the most popular disciplines in the continent, especially at the grassroots level and we are pleased to continue our partnership with EOC to further promote the sporting and Olympic values in the continent. As we now move to the 2027 edition of the European Games, we are convinced that karate will continue playing a key role in the progress of sports in Europe.”
(Top picture: EKF General Secretary Davor Cipek and Turkish Karate Federation President Aslan Abid Uguz at the EOC General Assembly)
The plenary gathering of EOC in session.
From left to right: Turkish Karate Federation president Aslan Abid Uguz, EOC President Spyros Capralos, and EKF General Secretary Davor Cipek.
From left to right: EKF General Secretary Davor Cipek, EOC Executive Committee member Hasan Arat, and Turkish Karate Federation president Aslan Abid Uguz.