Antonio Espinós has been re-elected as president of the World Karate Federation (WKF).
The 69-year-old Spaniard, who first took the post in 1998 and has led the successful campaign for karate to be included on the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, ran unopposed at the WKF Congress in Linz, Austria this week. He received the support of 79 out of 82 eligible voters and will serve a six-year term to 2022.
“It is an honour for me to have received such a full support to keep on contributing to take karate to even greater heights,” said Espinós. “Our ancient discipline is undoubtedly experiencing unforgettable moments; we are ready to see our lifelong dream of karate into the Olympics coming true, and our core values of tradition, universality and progress are stronger than ever. We will work together so karate can continue inspiring millions all around the world.”
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