May 26, 2024

The Karate Pilipinas, which was given provisional recognition by the World Karate Federation, will be officially recognized as the country’s governing body for the sport this month.

The full recognition by WKF of Karate Pilipinas will be formalized during the world congress set in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Nov. 16.

Karate Pilipinas was formed in 2018 after the Philippine Karatedo Federation-National Sports Association was withdrawn from WKF due to alleged malversation of training allowance of athletes, who competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Karate Pilipinas president Richard Lim said the organization will precede the World Championships set Nov. 18 to 21 also in Dubai where the country will be represented by world number two Junna Tsukii, SEAG gold medalist Jamie Lim, Enrico Vasquez, Jr., and Sarah Pangilinan.

Lim will be joined in Dubai by Philippine Sports Commission board member Ramon Fernandez, who was personally invited by WKF president Antonio Espinos. – Harley F. Palangchao