As you are aware, on July 19, 2016, I appeared in the Swiss Court in Lausanne regarding the issue of discrimination and advancement of Karate to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Mr. Liviu Crisan, 1st Vice President also appeared in the proceedings as a witness.
The purpose of the court action was to acquire emergency procedures to require the IOC to intervene in the dispute between WKF and United World Karate to ensure that Karate was properly represented in the 2020 Olympic Games should the IOC support the advancement of Karate to the Olympic Games.
Our position in this court action was to state that WKF does not represent karate – it only represents the Karate Sport of WKF, which is a very small part of Karate world-wide. UWK believes that Karate should be unified and that more events that are representative of the diversity within Karate should be included in any Olympic Games proposal. Obviously, WKF disagrees as they believe they would lose control and financial benefit if others are included.
This is an important distinction between UWK and WKF. UWK wants unification in support of all karate practitioners. WKF does not. It only wants to support its own Karate sport in the Olympics – abandoning millions of passionate Karate athletes world-wide. UWK will continue to fight this injustice and we ask for your support.
Richard Jorgensen, President United World Karate
The United World Karate (UWK) is the only international federation governing all forms of Karate Sport, i.e. General Karate, Traditional Karate and Contact Karate.
In 2015, the UWK contacted the World Karate Federation (WKF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to revive the unification process within the world of Karate, which was abandoned years ago following the recognition of the WKF by the IOC, contrary to the commitment of the IOC to unify all Karate disciplines prior to the inclusion of the sport in the Olympic movement.
In light of failed recent discussions and knowing that Karate, as practiced under WKF, could be included in the Programme of the Olympic Games, the UWK has filed, on 30 May 2016, a request for provisional measures before the Swiss civil Courts in order to force the IOC to intervene to achieve unification, and thus put an end to a long lasting discrimination against most of the karate athletes in the world.
IOC’s Executive Board decision of today to propose the inclusion of five new sports in the Programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is of great concerns to the UWK.
The UWK considers that unification shall be achieved before any decision on the inclusion of the sport in the Programme of the Olympic Games. The final decision in this regard will be taken in August 2016 during the 129 th Session of the IOC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A court hearing on the above dispute is scheduled on 19 July 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Para-Karate, the disability unit of United World Karate has been formed under the instruction of Dr Vladimir Jorga, Sports Medicine specialist with more than two decades of research at University. The President of UWK, Richard Jorgensen, told Serbian Sport TV; “ITKF – that has been recognised in 1993 by CAS decision as a source of traditional karate – is working with six other World Karate Federations under the UWK’s umbrella as a unified body to cover all karate disciplines in order to create fair opportunities for everyone to participate in Olympics and Paralympics. United World Karate is the only world karate governing body which organises competitions in Traditional, General and Contact karate rules without any discrimination or membership barriers
The delegates to the meeting are set to discuss the situation of the sport in question at global level, the evolution of the unification process, as well as over the rules that need to be established for joining and participation in the UWK competitions.
Participating in the working meeting will be Richard Jorgensen, the UKW Chairman, Vladimir Jorga, the UKW Deputy Chairman, Osvaldo Messias, the Honorary Chairman of the WUKF, Roberto Perri, General Secretary at WUKF, Horatiu Neagoie, a representatives of the IKOK, Marco Nicovic, Chairman of the WKX, Bruno Gilardi, Deputy Chairman of the WKC, Rajeev Sinha, the WFF Chairman, Sean Henke, the WUKO Chairman, Giacomo Sparaco Bertoletti, the WJJKO Chairman, Mihai Ciororanu, the IKU representative, Mike Apan, General Secretary of the WFF etc.
The Romanian WKC Karate Federation, a member of the WUKF (World Union of Karate-Do Federations), a world organsiation signatory of the unification act signed in Lausanne, is the one hosting the meeting. Liviu Crisan, the FRK WKC and WUKF Chairman is also the first Deputy Chairman of the UWK.
The working meeting of the Executive Committee of the UWK will end on Thursday, January 22, with a press conference to be held in the amphitheater of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee.