Antonio Espinós has been rewarded for steering karate onto the programme for the Olympic Games by securing a new six-year term to serve as the president of the sport’s global governing body.
Espinós (pictured), who stood unopposed, was elected with the support of 79 of the 82 delegates present at the World Karate Federation’s Congress in Linz, Austria, ahead of the 2016 Karate World Championships. Espinós has served at the helm of the governing body since 1998.
Earlier this year karate was added to the programme for the summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, along with baseball and softball, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.
“It is an honour for me to have received such support to keep on contributing to take karate to even greater heights,” Espinós said.
“Our ancient discipline is undoubtedly experiencing unforgettable moments. We are ready to see our life-long dream of karate in the Olympics coming true and our core values of tradition, universality and progress are stronger than ever. We will work together so karate can continue inspiring millions all around the world.”