Ukraine’s National Karate Team Gained Its First Success as Olympic Sport
24 November 2016 Share
Ukraine’s National Karate Team Gained Its First Success as Olympic Sport

Sergey Bubka, Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee President and IOC Executive Board Member, met National Karate Team at the NOC Headquarters in Kyiv.

World Championship medalist Anita Seriogina, her coach Oleksandr Tonkoshkur, National Karate Federation President Sergiy Levchuk and National Sport Committee President Illya Shevlyak attented the meeting to receive congratulations from Mr Bubka on the occasion on inclusion of their sport into 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games program. The decision was made in August 2016 at the 129th IOC Session in Rio, Brazil.

Bubka also greeted Anita Seriogina who won bronze medal in Linz, Austria, at the first World Championships after sport received Olympic status. The competitions were important part fo Tokyo 2020 qualification process.

Bubka said, 'I am sure dynamic and entertaining sport of karate worth its place at the Olympic Games. We have amazing experience of the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015 where karate represented Ukraine side by side with the Olympic sports. I know your aim as a team is to qualify for Tokyo 2020, so I wish you all the best to achieve this goal'.

Sergey Bubka added that cooperation and support with National sports federations is one of the key priorities for the NOC, and said the Committee is ready for effective work with Karate Federation.

Anita Seriogina, who previously has become first ever Ukrainian to win European championships medal in karate and boasts full set of European medals, said she is motivated to go through the qualification process and perform well at the 2020 Games.

Sergiy Levchuk, Ukraine's Karate Federation president, said his team is well known and respected at the world of karate. He added, 'We start our road to Tokyo from a solid point and are looking forward to the future years to win the privilege to become a part of the Olympic Team for 2020'.

Illya Shevlyak praised Sergey Bubka who contributed a lot to the unification of Ukraine's karate school helping the sport to go to the next level.

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