SA karate legend to lead Commonwealth

2018-12-20 06:00
At the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Karate Championships 2018 is (from left) Billy Brennan, Barry Hendriks, Anita Pillay, Sonny Pillay and Tokey Hill.PHOTO: supplied

At the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Karate Championships 2018 is (from left) Billy Brennan, Barry Hendriks, Anita Pillay, Sonny Pillay and Tokey Hill.PHOTO: supplied

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HISTORY was made last weekend as South African karate legend Sonny Pillay was elected unopposed as President of the Commonwealth Karate Nations of the World.

Pillay, who has been at the helm of Karate South Africa (KSA) for the past eight years, is the first person of Indian origin to be elected as president of the Commonwealth Karate Federation (CKF). The elections, chaired by acting president Raghupathy Thiagarajan, was conducted in Durban and attended by delegates from several Commonwealth countries.

Vice president of the Commonwealth Karate Championships Barry Hendricks said: “Sascoc is proud of our member, karate leader Sonny Pillay, on his election victory unopposed as President of the Commonwealth Karate Nations of the World.”

The elections preceded a very successful Commonwealth Karate Championships, hosted by Karate South Africa at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, with 700 athletes from far and wide in attendance.

Pillay said: “I note by virtue of the said democratic election victory with great pride the huge confidence placed in my ability to lead the Commonwealth Karate Federation given the overwhelming support by the leaders of the Commonwealth Karate Nations.

“Moreover, I promise to lead with dignity and integrity, especially in so far as good governance is concerned.

“It is incumbent upon us, the new democratically elected Commonwealth Executive, to ultimately seek inclusion of karate into the Commonwealth games proper, therefore we expect to strongly focus our efforts on the forthcoming games in 2022, scheduled to be hosted in Birmingham, the host city,” Pillay said.

— Supplied.

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