"Our karatekas can now dream of the Olympics," says SA karate legend

2016-08-10 06:00
Photo: supplied President of Karate South Africa (KSA) Hanshi Sonny Pillay with karatekas in training.

Photo: supplied President of Karate South Africa (KSA) Hanshi Sonny Pillay with karatekas in training.

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SA karate legend and president of Karate South Africa (KSA) Hanshi Sonny Pillay expressed his absolute delight upon receiving the thrilling news on Wednesday night that karate is now an Olympic sport.

“Our karate kids can now dream of the Olympics as it is now possible for them to compete on the Olympic stage as from the 2020 Tokyo games and beyond,” said Hanshi Pillay.

“Off course with the extremely high qualifying standards set for participation in the Olympics only the best athletes from around the world will go through.”

KSA, the only affiliate of the World Karate Federation which is the current world governing body for karate under the auspices of the IOC, believes that the Olympic decision will catapult the sport into the big league in terms of corporates buying in as sponsors, etc.

“Moreover KSA expects the sport to grow in leaps and bounds. As a matter of interest KSA wishes to pay glowing tribute to the WKF world president Antonio Espinos for his untiring efforts in ensuring that after three attempts this historical decision has been made by the IOC in Rio at the current games in Brazil,” added Hanshi Pillay, who also serves as the vice president of the Commonwealth Karate Federation.

He concluded: “The future of our sport karate given that it has been elevated to Olympic status remains, bright and promising and KSA looks forward to expediting development especially in the rural areas so our karate youth of today can achieve their Olympic dream.”

For all karate enquiries call KSA on 031 564 1408 or email president@karate-sa.org

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