The World Karate Federation (WKF) elected two new Athletes’ Commission (AC)members to best represent karatekas around the world during of its 2018 Karate World Championships in Madrid, Spain. 

The AC’s mission is to form an even stronger link with the IOC Athletes’ Commission, as well as to preserve and protect its athletes both on and off the tatami. With over 1,000 votes cast to choose between nine candidates from four continents, the WKF Athletes’ Commission welcomed Douglas Brose and Antonio Díaz who were both re-elected to the Commission for a term of four years. The composition of the commission is:

  • Davide Benetello (ITA) – AC Chair
  • Douglas Brose (BRA)
  • Antonio Díaz (VEN)
  • Nan Hoang Ngan (VIE)
  • Vicky Panetsidou (GRE)
  • Ryo Kiyuna (JPN)

IOC AC member Nadin Dawani addressed the karatekas to inform them about the new guidelines put forward by the IOC Athletes’ Commission and to brief them about the upcoming projects and events that are designed with the athletes at their heart. 

Afterwards, WKF Athletes’ Commission Chair Davide Benetello said: “The presentation by Mrs Dawani was a source of inspiration for all of us. After being made aware of the next steps to be taken by the IOC to safeguard athletes’ careers, we will work even harder to ensure that karatekas continue finding perfect conditions to give their best performances on and off the tatami.”

“The WKF Athletes’ Commission is doing crucial work for the progress of karate. With the contribution of the outstanding group of individuals headed by Davide Benetello, all the karatekas around the world can be sure that their interests will be protected, so they will be able to continue representing the best asset of our sport,” he concluded. 

The WKF has also stayed ahead with the implementation of best practices by adopting and rolling out the IOC’s Safeguarding Toolkit. Recommendation 18 of Olympic Agenda 2020 is to strengthen support to athletes, and the IOC created this toolkit to help National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs) develop their policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport. 

The IOC looks forward to maintaining this strong relationship between the IOC Athletes’ Commission and the WKF Athletes’ Commission. 

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