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  • Karate Hopes for Olympics Status


    Scene from the WKF World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. Below, WKF's George Yerolimpos. (ATR Photos/ M.Mason) 
    (ATR) The leaders of the World Karate Federation say the success of this weekendâ??s world championships in Mexico is another sign of the sportâ??s readiness to join the Olympic program. The competition in Monterrey has drawn nearly 800 men and women from more than 100 countries.

    â??We are a modern federation and we donâ??t have the financial support of the IOC,â? George Yerolimpos, WKF General Secretary tells Around the Rings.

    Karate was one of five sports which were asked to submit questionnaires to the IOC by November 15 to be considered for admission to the Olympic program.

    Karate met the deadline, while one or two other sports are believed to have asked for an extension to complete the 33-point survey.

    Along with karate, golf, rugby, squash and roller sports are being considered.

    Yerolimpos says the low-cost of staging karate as well as the widespread following of the sport (175 national federations) would be a plus to the Olympic program.

    More on karate and the WKF championships and the weekâ??s news about the Olympics, in the November 26 issue of Around the Rings.Com.

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