As the World of Karate prepares for the IOC decision that will determine whether Karate becomes an Olympic sport this August 3rd, I would like to brief British Karate on the events leading up to and including the Rio decision.
BKF 4 Nations
The BKF 4 Nations Championships were held on the 28th and 29th May at Ponds Forge International Arena. The 2016 event transferred to Sheffield after three very successful years at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.
There were 1077 entries over the two days, with the children’s event taking place on the Saturday, and the Cadet/Juniors/Seniors taking place on the Sunday. The six tatami’s were fully utilized on both days with 28 categories on the Saturday and 42 categories on the Sunday. Both days ran exactly to time as per the event schedule thanks to the meticulous planning by the events team and the professionalism of the referees.
England topped the medal chart closely followed by Scotland. There was also a good spread of medals across all of the competing clubs and associations.
The BKF will be back in Sheffield in September 2016 for the British International Open Championships and we look forward to another exciting event.
The bulletin for the British International Open 2016 has been updated.
2016 British 4 Nations moves to the Sheffield Ponds Forge
On Thursday 17th December we were informed that Glasgow Council have earmarked the Emirates Arena for the In/Out European Referendum in 2016, with May an outside possibility, and September the more probable month.
The Emirates will not host any sporting events in the lead up to, or immediate post, proceedings, which leaves both the British 4 Nations and British International Open extremely vulnerable as these are our host months.
With 2016 fast approaching and no firm dates on the referendum, the BKF feel the safest option is to transfer the 2016 British 4 Nations to the Sheffield Ponds Forge and create a 5 mat 2 day event, May 28/29th. A bulletin is under construction and will follow shortly.
We sincerely apologise for any disruption this may cause, but trust you understand such matters are out of our control and we hope to see you in Sheffield next May.
Event Team secretary