World Championship 2016 Presentation in Jakarta

14.11.2015

The ICE (Indonesia Convention Exhibition) in BSD City (Bumi Serpon Damai), a new suburb of Jakarta, was the location of an extensive informational meeting, regarding the World Championship for Juniors, Cadets and Under 21 on November 13, 2015.

WKF President Antonio Espinos informed the presidents of the national member federations about the status of Karate in connection with the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. There, for the first time in history, Karate will be part of the Games.
After a report concerning the Youth World Cup 2016 in Umag, the one hour presentation of Upper Austria and Linz, as the host of the World Championships 2016, was the second main item on the agenda. The World Championships in Linz will be of strategic importance for the further development of Sport-Karate. Therefore it was of key importance to inform the nations about upcoming changes and developments.
The main innovations in the organization of the event will be:
- a concert surrounding a dedicated opening ceremony on Tuesday before the beginning of the competition on Wednesday
- the full inclusion of persons with disabilities
- a completely new closing ceremony
Registration and bookings will be done online exclusively. In cooperation with Star Alliance there will be a special booking code which will allow for a rerouting of flights to Linz and a 20 % discount on all Star Alliance flights in connection with the World Championships in Linz.
Very well received was the new World Championships 2016 video produced by the ORF and the impressive panoramic images, which were provided by the Ars Electronica Center as an electronic greeting to the World.
The intense preparatory work of the last several years and the coherent concept, which focuses on one core value of Karate-do on each of the five competition days, were highly acclaimed by the representatives of the nations. Upper Austria and Linz have definitely arrived in the international World of Karate.