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Morris is now WKF Presidential Advisor
and the IOC
The President of WKF Antonio Espinos and General Secretary George Yerolimpos and many WKF members have devoted an immense amount of time, effort and expense, into the drive for Olympic acceptance. Our heart-felt sympathies go out to them... and to the millions of young karate-ka who have been denied their chance to aspire to be Olympic Champions. Seven sports made their bid for inclusion in the Olympic Programme.
WKF Presentation to the IOC Executive Board
of effort put in by Antonio Espinos and George Yerolimpos could be seen
in the friendly and familiar way that many of the IOC members greeted
them. Six other sports, golf, rugby, roller sports, softball, baseball
and squash were also putting their cases for inclusion but based on the
IOC requirements, karate has to be in a very strong position. The IOC
Executive Board will meet again in Berlin on the 13th of August and will
decide which two sports from the seven candidates will be proposed and
which will then be submitted to the Copenhagen IOC Session for approval
on the 9th of October 2009.
Rules Update Version 6 January 2009
in WKF Theory Examination
in the Examination Procedures
What was proposed was that each examiner must act independently in future and will have an evaluation form on which the candidates scores are recorded. Immediately after the examination of a candidate the examiner gives the form to the Referee Commission Secretary. When all the forms have been collected the highest and lowest scores are discarded and the remaining scores are averaged to give the final score. The WKF President and RC Chair decide the actual pass-mark which is not known to the examining panel. The candidate will receive the result via a pass/fail form which in the case of failure outlines the reasons. The National Federation will be notified of the result.
In the past some candidates were upset to receive a "B" qualification when others went directly to "A" level. This has also been changed so that the qualification system is now as follows:
"B" licence is required before an "A" licence can be attempted. Candidates
must progress through each level. However those with "B" qualifications
may now officiate at that level in all WKF events and a new examination
can be attempted every year, it is no longer required to wait 2 years
before moving from Kumite Judge A to Kumite Referee, so the progression
The new system has been warmly received with a number of National Federations requesting further details with a view to implementing the same method in their national examinations.
Karate competition requires exceptional referees and the movement towards more and more professionalism in sport karate makes the job even more difficult and extremely stressful. Charges of bias against officials even when they are completely unfounded only adds to the strain of officiating and after the World Championships in Madrid, Tommy Morris proposed changes to Antonio Espinos the EKF/WKF President. Here are the changes.
In future the selection of the referees and judges who officiate in the finals and repechage will be chosen by the Tatami Chiefs (Match Area Controllers) as follows.
1. Each competition
area is supervised by two Match Area Controllers (Tatami Chiefs) who observe
and monitor the performance of the officials under their control.
Team Kumite Changes
to relieve stress, ensure fair play and competent and unbiased officiating
the following method is to be adopted for all Kumite Team Finals and Repechage
(for the 3rd places) matches.
National Referees May Go Direct to WKF Exams
When the first WUKO World Championships and refereeing examinations were held in 1970, nationally qualified referees were eligible to take the examinations and this situation continued right up until quite recently although the European Karate Federation (formerly EKU) was an exception in that its members had to be qualified Continental Union referees before being allowed to participate at World level. However there were so many people attempting the examinations often without effective and proper preparation that the WKF DC decided that all candidates to the WKF examinations must be Continental Union qualified referees so that, in theory at least, only the best would actually attempt the WKF examinations. Unfortunately the time needed to qualify first as a National Referee, then as a Continental Referee, then as a WKF Judge, and then as a WKF Referee, was so long that some candidates were well past their best by the time they finally arrived at the WKF examinations. This long process together with the added complication and expense of air travel within Continental Unions to attend the examinations was prohibitive for many and so some prospective candidates could never get to the WKF at all. WKF DC decided to remedy this and in a directive issued on 23 July 2001 all Nationally qualified Kumite Referees and Kata Judges supported by their National Federations may once more attend the WKF courses and examinations. Visit the WKF web site for more information.
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