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Embracing the Future: Karate’s Inclusion in the 2027 European Games

53rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees

The 53rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), held in Bucharest, Romania, marked a pivotal moment for European sports. This assembly brought together key officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs), setting the stage for significant discussions about the future of various sports within Europe.

A Crucial Meeting

In the heart of these discussions was a joint meeting with EOC President Mr. Spyros Capralos and other prominent EOC officials. This meeting provided an invaluable opportunity to deliberate on the forthcoming European Games set to take place in Istanbul in 2027. One of the standout topics of this session was the inclusion of karate in the upcoming European Games.

53rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees

A Triumph for Karate

For the European Karate Federation (EKF) family, the EOC’s endorsement of karate’s inclusion is a source of immense pride and satisfaction. The leadership of the EOC has shown unwavering support for karate, acknowledging its importance and the remarkable achievements of its athletes. This decision not only highlights the sport’s growing popularity but also recognizes the dedication and hard work of the EKF and its athletes.

Karate’s journey in the European Games began with its debut in Baku in 2015, followed by impressive performances in Minsk in 2019 and the recent Krakow and Malo Polska Region and the City of Bielsko-Biała Games in 2023. The consistent high-level performances by karate athletes have cemented the sport’s place in the European sporting landscape, making its inclusion in the 2027 European Games a well-deserved honor.

Looking Ahead to Istanbul 2027

The Istanbul 2027 European Games promise to be one of the most significant sports events in Europe, and karate’s inclusion adds to its prestige. This decision ensures that top-level karate athletes will once again have the platform to showcase their skills and compete at the highest level. It also reflects the EOC’s commitment to promoting a diverse range of sports and supporting the development of all athletes.

Gratitude and Recognition

This achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering support of key figures in the karate community. A special thanks goes to WKF President Antonio Espinós for his continuous support and the opportunity to represent the EKF at such a crucial assembly. Additionally, gratitude is extended to the host President of the Romanian Karate Federation, Octavian Amzulescu, for his hospitality and contributions.


The 53rd General Assembly of the EOC has set a positive course for the future of European sports. The inclusion of karate in the 2027 European Games in Istanbul is a testament to the sport’s growth and the dedication of the EKF family. As we look forward to Istanbul 2027, the karate community can take pride in this achievement and continue to work towards even greater heights in the world of sports.

This assembly was not just a meeting but a celebration of progress, unity, and the shared vision of a vibrant future for European sports. With the continued support of the EOC, IOC, and NOCs, the European sports community is poised for an exciting journey ahead.

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