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Karate Shows Unity in Paris 2024 Inclusion Claims at #EuroKarate2019

The 2019 European Karate Championships were officially inaugurated Friday with an opening ceremony that showcased the unity of the sport in its claims of Paris 2024 inclusion. Over 500 athletes participating at the event posed with a shirt that read “Karate Olympic Sport” to request the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 the rectification of the decision to exclude Karate from the list of the proposed additional sports for 2024.

“This event is a milestone in the history of European Karate. First of all, it is a step forward towards Tokyo 2020 and it is the main qualification tournament for the 2019 European Games. Besides, it gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that we are all together in our goal of achieving the inclusion in Paris 2024,” said EKF and WKF President Antonio Espinós.

“With this demonstration of unity today, with our many values, with our excellence in event organisation and in governance, and with our unparalleled popularity all over the world, we prove that we deserve to stay as an Olympic sport. Karate is an Olympic sport,” added Mr Espinós. Continue reading Around The Rings

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