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Press Conference Conducted! International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan and friendship associations who aim to make “Karate be recognized in the Olympics”

The JAPAN Karatedo Federation and International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan (Director: Matsui Shoukei) conducted a press conference on April 16th at the assembly hall of the Japan Karatedo Federation. The aims were two-fold: to develop Karate activities to make it even more popular than before, and to build friendly ties and collaborate with one another so that Karate could be recognized as a sport for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Along with the President, Mr. Sasagawa Takashi; Vice-President, Mr. Kurihara Shigeo and Secretary-General for the World Karate Federation, Mr. Nagura Toshihisa from JKF, the Director, Mr. Matsui Shoukei; Executive General Manager, Mr. Yamada Masatoshi and Director of International Affairs, Mr. Gorai Katsuhito from Kyokushinkaikanattended this press conference.

At the press conference, President Sasagawa first explained the reason for establishing friendly ties this time round, saying that “we need to stay united together and learn from one another so that Karate can become more popular and be acknowledged as an Olympic sport”. Director Matsui followed his lead and emphatically commented, “may this be a catalyst so that we can work towards bringing about the rise of status of Karate in our society”. President Sasagawa and Director Matsui then signed a memorandum of agreement in front of media personnel at the press conference so as to cement the establishment of their collaborative ties.
In regards to future plans, JKF will support Kyokushinkaikan in the organization of All-Japan Karate Championship. Kyokushinkaikan members will also participate in the tournament organized by JKF.

In addition, Vice-President Kurihara and Secretary-General Nagura explained about their areas of focus in the future as well as the route they intend to undertake to enable Karate to be recognized as a sport for the 2020 Olympic Games. Besides this, a ceremony to confer Mr.Xenou Geogia-Archontia of Greek descent as the new 2020 Tokyo Karate Ambassador was held. President Sasagawa presented the certificate to Mr. Xenou Geogia-Archontia.

To view the proceeding of this press conference, please click on the link as below:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jkf-press-conference-2015-04-16

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