Karate-world in olympic buzz


Excitement in Austria. “That is our world championships´ extra kick”, say both organizers Ewald Roth and Hans Werner Streicher delighted.

Karate is included into the Olympic program of the 32nd summer games in Tokyo with 6 categories. The yesterday proclaimed resolution of the “Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games” and the “International Olympic Committee” still needs approval, but that is merely a formality, say insiders.
The joy is big, also with local athletes like Bettina Plank. “It is unbelievable, we have the World Championships in our own country next year and then 2020 the Olympic Games in Japan, the motherland of Karate, that is just perfect”, says Plank.