RCI St. Lucia
posted on February 13, 2017 19:25
Work has begun to prepare local karatekas for the next Olympic Games in Japan. The sport is one of five added to the list of new entries approved by the International Olympic Committee. The others include baseball, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. A new Executive Committee was installed over the weekend to prepare the local martial artists for the 2020 event.
The inclusion of Karate in the 2020 Games follows years of lobbying by the World Karate Federation, the Japan Karate-do Federation and others, to have the sport added to the Olympic line up.
But as the Secretary General of the local Olympic Committee told the audience at Saturday's installation ceremony for the new Karate Federation Executive, the IOC endorsement is only the beginning of a long and uphill journey that includes preparing athletes for qualifier games, including the Central American and Caribbean Sports Association Games in Colombia in 2018 and the Pan American Games in Peru in 2019.
A Technical Committee has been established to help prepare athletes for those Games. That Committee is head by Ezra Jn Baptiste
The World Karate Federation in a recent statement expressed the hope that the IOC decision to include Karate in the Games will help in unifying a sport which has had its issues with rival governing bodies in the past.