HISTORY-CHANGING MOMENT, ONE MONTH LATER
“It is an incredible day for Karate. It is a moment of great joy and it will be on our minds forever,” declared WKF President Antonio Espinós right after the announcement of the IOC Session.
The words by the head of the international organization epitomized the feeling shared by each one of the members of the Karate family and condensed the memorable days lived in the Brazilian city.
Cloudy skies and the imposing figure of Christ the Redeemer welcomed the WKF delegation headed by President Antonio Espinós and General Secretary Toshihisa Nagura in Rio de Janeiro. When the representatives of the World Karate Federation landed in Brazil three days before the moment of the decision, a general sense of excitement and anticipation run through the hopeful team of WKF officials in the iconic host city of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Upon their arrival to the Brazilian city, the WKF leaders continued the constant of their days and months ahead of the historic date: many meetings and negotiations for the progress and bright future of the ancient discipline.
“The previous days, since I arrived in Rio until the decision of the IOC, were moments of a sustained tension. We spent these days talking with a lot of people, listening to different opinions and always feeling the weight of the amazing expectation in the whole world of Karate. The anticipation ahead of the decision of the IOC could be felt and seen at all times,” declared WKF President Antonio Espinós.