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Exclusive: WKF President hits out at IOC and Paris 2024 after karate’s Olympic snub 

December 1, 2021 Leave a comment Go to comments

World Karate Federation (WKF) President Antonio Espinós has criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its President Thomas Bach and Paris 2024 head Tony Estanguet, claiming the process to select new sports for the Games is “the most opaque I have ever seen”.

Espinós accused Estanguet of talking “nonsense” when trying to spell out the reasons behind the “exclusion” of karate from the Paris 2024 programme – a decision the WKF chief claims the organisation has never received an explanation for.

The Spaniard also took aim at the IOC and Bach for what he feels is a failure to revolutionise the Olympic programme and questioned the manner in which additional sports are chosen to feature at the Games.

Karate made its long-awaited Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 but will not be part of Paris 2024.

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