European Karate Championships 2017 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Saturday, 25 February 2017 15:15

On the 17th to 19th of February 2017 Bulgarian National Karate Federation was hosting the 44th Juniors, cadets and the 19th U21 European Karate Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The competition took place in "Arena Armeec" Sports Hall, where a new record of participation in European championships was set – over 1200 competitors from 50 countries.

The official opening ceremony of the event was conducted on the 18th at 16:00h. and Mr. Antonio Espinós – President of both the EKF and WKF arrived in Sofia to greet the competitors from the stage. He also congratulated Mr. Alexey Petrov – president of Bulgarian National Karate Federation and the Organizing committee of the event for the excellently organized competition.

During the opening ceremony Mr. Petrov noted:

“This years’ Championship is a participation record in the history of European karate, with more than 1200 competitors. These are the karatekas that will have the honor and opportunity to introduce us before the Olympic family in Tokyo.”


Congratulatory address from Ms. Stefka Kostadinova – chairman of Bulgarian Olympic Committee (BOC) was also introduced at the ceremony.  The greeting was personally announced by Ms. Yordanka Blagoeva – Deputy Chairman of BOC:

“At the moment, we are all a part of one historic event – the first major youth championship since the acceptance of Karate as an Olympic sport. You are now aiming at the highest of achievements and the most desired dream for every athlete – the Olympic games.”


The Minister of youth and sports of Bulgaria – Prof. Daniela Dasheva gave the official start of the 44th Juniors, Cadets and 9th U21 European Championships. Joining her on the stage to greet competitors, coaches, referees and spectators were also Mr. Antonio Espinós – president of the EKF and WKF, Mr. Stepan Chelan – Secretary General of the EKF, Mr. Alexey Petrov – president of BNFK, Ms. Yordanka Blagoeva – Deputy Chairman of Bulgarian Olympic Committee and Mr. Anatoly Iliev – Secretary for the “Sofia - European Capital of Sport 2018” project.

In her speech Prof. Dasheva stated her approval of the including of karate in the Olympic family:

“It is a real pleasure for me to be in the arena today, being a part of the success of all these young athletes and future Olympic champions. I congratulate the World Karate Federation and all who worked for the future of this sport, for the great success of including it in the Olympic family. Karate is a unique blend of spiritual balance and a perfect mastery of sport and technical skills. At the moment over 20 000 young people practice karate in Bulgaria and events like the one we are participating in, combined with the including of karate in Olympic games will greatly increase these numbers. Furthermore, regardless of age or gender karate is a great activity for everyone who likes sports and being kind to others. “

Prof. Dasheva congratulated the Bulgarian National Karate Federation for the perfect work on organizing the event. She also thanked the EKF for trusting Bulgaria to host the event and all spectators in the sports hall for the support.

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2017 KARATE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Sofia, Bulgaria | 17-19 February 2017
44th Cadets, Juniors, 9th U21