IOC approves KSA for 2018 Youth Olympics advertorial

2017-01-19 06:01
Photo: SUPPLIED The president of Karate South Africa Sonny Pillay (left) with the president of World Karate Federation, Antonio Espinos, at the recent World Karate Federation congress.

Photo: SUPPLIED The president of Karate South Africa Sonny Pillay (left) with the president of World Karate Federation, Antonio Espinos, at the recent World Karate Federation congress.

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PRESIDENT of Karate South Africa (KSA) Sonny Pillay Hanshi was delighted to receive the news that karate was now included in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games to be hosted by Argentina.

“We celebrate this exciting development on behalf of our karate youth from throughout the republic as the inclusion of karate in the youth Olympics means that our youth may now look forward to exhibiting their talent on the Olympic stage of the world.

“In August 2016 karate was officially announced as an Olympic sport for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, however, given that karate is now also included in the Youth Olympics is encouraging for our karate youth of our country.”

KSA, currently the only national karate federation affiliated to the World Karate Federation (WKF) that is recognised by the International Olympic Committee, now begins major preparations in terms of coaching and technical support geared towards producing world-class athletes who will represent the rainbow nation at the 2018 Youth Olympics.

Pillay advised parents to exercise caution when engaging their children in karate practice. He said that parents need to do their homework before joining their children to karate clubs as there are several clubs that do not belong to the mainstream national karate federation, such as KSA, result of which may mean their children will lose out on opportunities such as Africa championships, world games, WKF World Cups and the said Olympics.

As the KZN Karate Federation is preparing to receive over 700 karatekas from different countries at the Tongaat sports centre at the end of February for the KSA nationals, Pillay also advised parents, who are interested in karate, to call him prior to introducing their children to karate classes. - Supplied.

For more information and karate classes call Hanshi on on 082 557 7784 or visit www.karate-sa.org

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