Kyokushin and the Olympics?

Kenji Midori, President of the WKO (World Karate Organisation/Shinkyokushin) has announced that his organisation will be meeting with the Japanese Olympic Committee to discuss the possible inclusion of Kyokushin in the Olympics.

This meeting will only be at the Japanese level and President Midori has said that it will be a tough road ahead with the challenges of unifying the Kyokushin Karate styles and the differences in opinions tha tthey will have.

Recently we have seen Lechi Kurbanov from IKO1 joining the Russian Tae Kwon Do olympic group in order to give him a chance at competing in the Olympics. Obviously Kyokushin karate practitioners are seeking to compete at a higher level and also to gain access to the levels of support that are usually offered to Olympic competitors.

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