SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2016

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Page 38 of 67 September 2016 39 KICK "We know that with the recent announcement that karate will be included in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, our membership will increase as more athletes pursue the dream of an Olympic medal," said Phil Hampel, the CEO of the USA National Karate-do Federation. "The Games give athletes something to dream about and strive for. We are extremely excited to be a part of the Olympics." Competing on the Olympic stage is not just a dream held by athletes. National governing bodies of various sports yearn for the chance to showcase what they have to offer in the world's ultimate athletic competition. Just bidding for the opportunity is anything but easy. For a sport to be included in an Olympic Games, it must first be recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and then must achieve International Sports Federation (ISF) status. Then the sport's international federation must convey its merits to the IOC, articulating how the sport enhances and embodies the spirit of the Games. When evaluating a sport, the IOC considers its popularity, its players, its infrastructure and even its broadcast appeal. Looking ahead to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, the IOC announced the inclusion of karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, ► Karate Celebrates Olympic Berth For 2020 BY MICHELLE RYAN The spirits of karate enthusiasts worldwide were soaring as high as a flying kick this summer with the announcement the sport will return to the Olympic stage in Tokyo 2020. t SPORT Report Flying denied by the IOC three the Games, though its martial arts disciplines in Olympic competition and even more-recent taekwondo since 2000. ''

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