Welcome address from Antonio Espinós, WKF President
On behalf of the World Karate Federation, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the delegates and Karate fans to FISU World University Karate Championships 2018 in Kobe, Japan.
Presence of international Karate championships in Japan in this season has an important meaning, not only because Karate was originated in Japan, but also because our sport is on the way to Tokyo 2020, the first-ever Olympic Games we undergo.
More than 100 million practitioners in 192 countries learn Karate nowadays. Anticipating successful Tokyo 2020, further development of the sport in the future depends on how we could create more values in the both aspects of tradition and innovation.
Kobe 2018 certainly will find a place in the Karate history as its milestone toward Tokyo 2020. I expect young athletes here to succeed our sport’s traditional essence, namely spirit of Rei, courtesy to respect each other, and to continue exploring technical innovation. This could be happened through competing with your best performance.
Before closing my address, I would like to convey my sincere appreciation and wishes to the athletes, organizing committee, and all the people concerned for your enthusiastic contribution for Kobe 2018.