Last 11th October, the WKF President made a presentation of the World Karate Federation and the Sport of Karate before the Annual Congress of ODEPA (Organización Deportiva Pan Americana) / PASO (Pan-American Sports Organization), which took place in Acapulco (Mexico), presided over by Mr. Mario Vazquez Raña and with the presence of Mr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President.
The presentation was oriented to the candidature of Karate for the Olympic Programme of 2016, which will be decided by the IOC Session in October 2009 in Copenhagen (Denmark).
The presentation was well received by the 42 Pan-American NOC’s present, including the IOC members in the American Continent, and many other IOC members who came to attend this ODEPA / PASO Congress.
Some outstanding PKF / WKF NF’s Presidents were present, namely Mr. William Millerson, WKF 1st Vice-President and Netherland Antilles NOC President, Mr. Oswalds Mata, President of the Central American Karate Federation and General Secretary of the Salvador NOC, and Mr. Rolando Sías, WKF Executive Committee member and President of the Mexican Karate Federation, who also acted as a perfect host.
Also the WKF President Mr. Antonio Espinós was awarded during the ODEPA / PASO Congress with the “Mario Vazquez Raña Sports Merit Medal”, which was given personally by Mr. Vazquez Raña in the presence of the IOC President.