The World Karate Federation introduced on Monday that this yr’s Karate World Championships, initially slated for November in Dubai, might be postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The governing physique accredited a one-year delay to karate’s showpiece occasion, which had been scheduled for November 17 to 22, 2020. It would now happen from November 16 to 21, 2021.
“It has not been a simple determination, however an occasion of the magnitude and relevance of our World Championships couldn’t be celebrated with sufficient ensures as scheduled, on account of present circumstances,” WKF President Antonio Espinos stated.
“It’s the first time within the 50 years of historical past of our World Championships that we’ll not have a good time one version of our greatest occasion in its working season.”
The choice to postpone the World Championships has additionally had a knock-on impact for the 2022 version in Budapest, which has transferred to 2023. Subsequently, the WKF relocated the Senior World Championships to odd years and the World underage Championships to even years.