Karate and kickboxing are invited for 2028 Olympics

The martial arts karate and kickboxing are invited to make a presentation asking for inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

They are part of the Olympic family and this step was a great new opportunity.

They will make their case to the Los Angeles 2028 organizing committee later this month. Not invited to offer a presentation, though they were recognized by the International Olympic Committee last year, were the martial arts of sambo and muay Thai.

Karate was included in the 2020 Tokyo Games but left off the roster for the upcoming 2024 Paris Games. The event was seeming to only be for the Japanese people as the Games were in Japan.

Kickboxing, under the jurisdiction of the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, has never been included in the Olympics.

Notably, Sambo is absent from the list despite a push from FIAS, the Sambo international federation. But given the situation going on with Russia and Ukraine, Sambo will have to wait to be included, perhaps in the 2032 cycle. MMA is not even on the list.

History of Karate

Karate (空手) (/kəˈrɑːti/; Japanese pronunciation: [kaɾate] (About this soundlisten); Okinawan pronunciation: [kaɽati]) is a martial

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