The news fell like a bombshell on the global karate community. The Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (OCOG) has announced that Karate will not be part of the additional sports program of the Paris Olympics 2024. Sad news for karate enthusiasts, but also for coaches and karatekas around the world. As a practitioner and teacher of this martial art for several decades and having myself started a petition from 2015 for the entry of Karate at the Olympics in 2020, I can only express my sadness about this decision.
2024 Olympics karate disappointment
"The World Karate Federation is deeply saddened by the announcement that karate will not be part of the additional sports of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games program. "
That's what we read yesterday on the WKF website. Indeed, the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (OCOG) announced that Karate was ousted from the 2024 Olympics, while it will be present for the first time in 2020 in Tokyo.
In 2020, Japan, there will be five additional disciplines to be accepted: baseball and its female counterpart softball, climbing, surfing, skateboarding and karate. For 2024, in the end only climbing, surfing, skateboarding, and breakdancing are retained.
Faced with this decision, the President of the WKF, Antonio Espinós, made a statement.
"Our sport has grown exponentially in recent years and we still have not had the opportunity to prove our value as an Olympic sport as we will be making our debut as an Olympic discipline in Tokyo 2020. In recent months, we have worked tirelessly with the French Federation to achieve our goal of inclusion in Paris 2024. We thought we had met all the requirements and had the ideal conditions to be added to the sports program. However, we learned today that our dream would not come true.
The reaction of the WKF is understandable. I can not smile when I think about this news. The dream that Karate is an Olympic sport is the dream of the karate community for decades. In 2016, we thought we saw the end of the tunnel, when the entry of Karate had been announced at the 2020!
I had also launched a petition in 2015, and sent a letter, then one other in 2016, to Mr BACH Thomas, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to advocate for Karate at the 2020 Olympics.
Today, it's time to rally our strength for a second petition!
The millions of karate faithful have not remained unmoved since the announcement of the news. A petition was launched on social networks by Karate-News for Karate to stay at the Olympics, in 2024.
You can submit your signature by clicking on the link below:
We need the maximum of signatures!
It may not be too late! The final choice will be ratified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December 2020.
We have hope!
Despite this blow, we must emphasize that the World Karate Federation, and all of us karate enthusiasts, do not lose hope!
Karate remains and will always be a great sport in addition to being a great martial art and a lifestyle. 2024 is still a long way away and probably not everything is lost. Even if the hope is weak, it is necessary to continue to believe it, to shine the karate in 2020 and to make to sign the petition to all by sharing with the maximum of people ...
Short. We are disappointed but do not fall into the pathos. On the contrary, we stay up, we get up and we hope for future generations. In addition to following a path (the Do), let's show that we have some way! (That one I like it :-D)
Why Karate should be present at the 2024 Olympics?
France is one of the countries where Karate is one of the liveliest disciplines. Karate has more than 255 000 athletes affiliated in France in more than 5 000 clubs. 55% of these athletes are less than 18 years old.
France, the host country of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 is a major player in karate and has won 15 world titles at the last four world championships. Worldwide, karate has 100 millions of fans spread across 194 national federations around the world. The last edition of the World Championships was broadcast in 186 country and registered a participation of 1200 athletes from 131 country.
Just for all these reasons, I think Karate deserves its place in the 2024 Olympics! We must support our competitors, we must support our sport, our art, which we love to practice.
All together, we will get there! Long live Karate.
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