Karate Pilipinas will officially be designated as the Philippines’ governing body for the Japanese martial arts sport next week. 

According to the institution’s President Richard Lim, the World Karate Federation (WKF) will formalize their appointment when it holds its world congress on November 16 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“We were supposed to get recognition last year but there was no congress because of the pandemic,” Lim shared. 

Karate Pilipinas’ induction will precede the World Championships scheduled for November 18 to 21. 

The country’s delegation for the said event will be spearheaded by World No. 2 Junna Tsukii, Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jamie Lim, Enrico Vasquez, Jr., and Sarah Pangilinan.

Lim will be joined by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) board member Ramon Fernandez in Dubai for the appointment ceremony. 

Before its governing body position was finalized, Karate Pilipinas was given provisional recognition by the WKF three years ago.

It succeeded the Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF), which served until 2018.

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