Baku 2015 Could Be Springboard For Karate Olympic Bid

Baku 2015 Could Be Springboard for Karate Olympic BidWorld Karate Federation chief Antonio Espinos said that the European Games showcase for his sport can help its bid to join the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
IOC president Thomas Bach, ANOC chief Sheikh Ahmad A-Fahad Al-Sabah and IOC sports director Kit McConnell were among the dignitaries witnessing karate action on the opening days of the Games.

On June 22, Tokyo 2020 will announce its shortlist of sports for inclusion in the Games. A total of 26 federations have applied.

Karate along with baseball and softball and squash are considered to be among the frontrunners.

Speaking to ATR in Baku, Espinos said staging karate in front of the IOC’s top officials at the European Games was “very important."

“For the IOC president to see our sport is something great,” he said.

“It makes our position and relationship with the IOC more solid,” he said, adding that Tokyo 2020 organizers could see “the prestige and knowledge of the sport in Europe” and what karate could bring to the Olympics.