The three-day meetings via videoconference with WKF stakeholders around the world which were organized by the World Karate Federation ended Wednesday as European national federations joined the discussions. WKF President Antonio Espinós directed the meetings aiming to analyze the current situation of Karate in the world.
No less than 24 national federations from European countries participated in the gatherings today. The prospects for the development of Karate in Europe and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic were on top of the agenda.
The first session of the day had the participation of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, North Macedonia, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. The unity of Karate and the cooperation of all Karate stakeholders as well as the strength of the Karate family was stated in the conversations.
The effects of the COVID-19 crisis in the practise of Karate and in the upcoming competition calendar centred the discussions of the final session of videoconferences. Representatives of Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined the meeting.
“The meetings via videoconference we had over the past three days have been tremendously fruitful and very helpful to bring us together amid the current crisis. We had the opportunity to learn first-hand the situation of our sport worldwide, and I want to thank all the delegates attending the meetings for their cooperation and for their excellent feedback. We could confirm that the Karate world is united around the same values and goals. When we work together, we can achieve many successes,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós.