KSA president addresses WKF World Congress 2017 in Austria Important issues raised at congress

2016-11-09 06:01
 Photo: supplied KSA president Sonny Pillay Hanshi with WKF world president Antonio Espinos.

Photo: supplied KSA president Sonny Pillay Hanshi with WKF world president Antonio Espinos.

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KARATE South Africa (KSA) president Sonny Pilllay Hanshi was afforded the rare privilege of addressing the recent WKF world congress 2017 in Linz, Austria recently.

The South African karate legend raised three burning issues that currently presents a challenge to developing countries including, the regular emergence of “so called” dissident karate structures, the huge difference currently prevalent in the technical standard of WKF karate between Europe, Japan and development countries and the assurance of top class “beefed up” security system in countries prone to terrorism attacks hosting world events in order for athletes especially the children to feel safe and protected.

Pillay’s important issues raised received a favourable ear of the WKF World president Antonio Espinos who promised to look deep inside the matter of security and uplifting of the technical levels of tournament karate amongst the karateka of developing countries.
However, with regards to newly hatched dissident karate associations in South Africa, he responded by categorically starting that it was simply intolerable in terms of the WKF statues and Olympic charter.

“I am particularly proud of the fact that I was given the opportunity by the WKF President Antonio Espinos to present my concerns on behalf of KSA to the congress that was attended by delegates from 180 countries worldwide. Moreover, it’s not often that one is afforded the chance to be heard by such a huge global audience.

“As a matter of interest KSA was also once again firmly endorsed by the world president as the official custodians of karate in South Africa, a fact that puts paid to all the rumour mongering,” added Pillay.
“KSA is the official affiliate of the WKF recognised by the IOC,” stated Antonio Espinos during the congress.

During his visit to Linz, Pillay who also serves as vice president of the Commonwealth Karate Federation (CKF), attended the Commonwealth Karate Federation meeting during which he presented a paper on Durban as a host city for the 9th forthcoming Commonwealth Karate Championships scheduled for September 2017.

The Commonwealth Karate Federation executive council warmly received the presentation of Durban as host city of the 2017 event and fully supported it hence, Durban was confirmed as host city with more that 30 countries from around the globe expected to converge on the shores of Durban at the end of August 2017.

“I am delighted that our city of Durban has been confirmed as hosts of the Commonwealth Karate Championships 2017,” said Pillay.

For all enquiries regarding karate call the KSA on 082 557 7784 or email president @karate-sa.org



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