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BREAKING NEWS.... The WKF is now a recognised Paralympic sport
On 12th June, 2015 the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board (IPC) accepted the WKF as the 30th sport discipline within the Paralympic Family.
The journey began 8 years ago in Bavaria (Germany) at the occasion of the first “Bavarian Open for Persons with Disabilities”. The then President of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) and IOC President, Thomas Bach, attended the event, accompanied by WKF President Antonio Espinós.
Since then, the WKF has promoted this event, overseen by the former Chairman for Persons with Disabilities, Wolfgang Weigert. The first demonstration competition was held at the 2012 World Championships in Paris. This inaugural event was a great success and, after that, the first World Championships for Persons with Disabilities followed, integrated into the 2014 World Senior Championships in Bremen.
This first World Championships was attended by a great number of national and international guests, such as the Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Willi Lemke, highlighting the excellent performance of the WKF in this area. On this basis, the WKF were able to prepare an excellent application to the IPC Governing Board.
At the IPC Session, which will be held on 14th and 15th November 2015 in Mexico City, the recognition of WKF will be officially ratified and thereafter will aim at joining the Paralympic Programme.
From this moment in time, the WKF can now call itself a Paralympic Sport.
BREAKING NEWS.... Karate To Be Part of Team Great Britain
This is the MOST SIGNIFICANT thing that has happened to Karate.... Ever...
Simply This Means... In Wales, Only Members of the WKGB.. Welsh Karate Governing Body Will Get A Chance To Be Selected And To Represent Their Country, Great Britain....
TEAM GB ANNOUNCE COMPETING SPORTS FOR INAUGURAL EUROPEAN GAMES IN BAKU
In total, 13 Olympic sports could potentially feature British athletes with Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics as well as Karate the only non-Olympic disciplines/sport named as part of Team GB.
Baku 2015, which will be held from June 12-28 next year, will host over 6,000 athletes competing across 20 sports during the 17 days of competition.
Qualification for Baku runs through until the spring of next year Team GB has already secured 92 quota places from 11 discipline/ seven sports including Boxing, Gymnastics and Triathlon.
Of Team GB’s 14 sports/20 disciplines, seven disciplines will have an added significance on the Road to Rio 2016 with each offering Olympic ranking points, qualification standards or automatic qualification for a certain number of athletes.
In addition, Baku provides World Championships qualification for both Boxing and Wrestling, which in turn will offer an opportunity to secure a spot in Brazil.
Baku 2015 also provides the chance for the more junior members of Team GB to gain valuable multi-sport Games experience as well as the prospect of competing against some of Europe’s elite.
Team GB in Baku (* indicates Road to Rio qualification):
Aquatics (Diving, *Swimming, Synchronised, Water Polo)
Gymnastics (Acrobatic, Aerobic, Artistic, Trampoline)
Mark England, Chef de Mission for Baku 2015 said:
We’ve qualified in excess of 90 athletes so far for the Games, so we’re confident that with 6 months to go our final athlete numbers could well be over 150, a terrific achievement for an inaugural Games.
“Importantly seven of the disciplines on the competition programme are qualification events for Rio 2016, so it is a crucial part of the journey to those Olympic Games. The Games are also a fantastic opportunity for young athletes in the Junior events vying to be part of Team GB in future Olympics to experience a multisport event of this scale, alongside 6,000 other athletes.
“I am also looking forward to working with some new sports including Karate who we welcome to Team GB for the first time; it’s a terrific moment for their athletes, coaches and everyone involved in the Karate movement in the UK."
“British Karate has an illustrious history, from dominating World Karate for a decade in the mid 80-90s, to the present day where we still produce European and world class competitors.
“Today’s announcement that we have been invited to join Team GB at the 2015 European Games has to be our finest hour.”
Matt Holt, Chief Executive, GB Boxing, said:
The Welsh Karate Governing Body Ltd (originally the Welsh Karate Federation) was established in 1980 with a total membership of 6 associations. It now has 36 autonomous member Associations with a membership in excess of 6000 members.
The WKGB Ltd is the only Sport Wales recognised National Governing Body for Karate in Wales. Through its membership of the European Karate Federation the WKGB sends Welsh Squads to compete in the annual EKF Junior and Senior Championships.
As a member of the British Karate Federation the WKGB Ltd also competes in the WKF (World Karate Federation) & EKF (European Karate Federation) championships as recognised by the IOC (International Olympic Committee)
WKGB Ltd Qualified Officials & Members are the only people recognised by the WKF & EKF.
Note: The WKF & EKF are the only official Karate organisations recognised by the I.O.C. (International Olympic Organisation)
The President - Roger Williams
WKGB Equality Statement
'The Welsh Karate Governing Body Ltd [Hereafter referred to as WKGB] is fully committed to the principles of Equality of opportunity for all, and acknowledges that Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to resolve them.
WKGB is dedicated to implementing equity in our sport, and changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society whatever their age, gender, ability, disability, nationality, race, ethnicity, parental or marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs or socio/economic status.
WKGB accepts that we live in a diverse and changing society, and believes in using the power of sport to engage, motivate, improve health and fitness whilst promoting social inclusion.
Karate is about giving people the confidence to realise their potential and to be the best that they can be – WKGB is aware of its responsibility to challenge any discriminatory procedure within the sport and to demonstrate their commitment to the principles and practice of Equality as stated in its Equality Policy.’