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Karate at the Summer Olympics
Karate will make its first appearance as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. It will feature two events, Kumite and Kata. 60 Competitors from around the world will compete in the Kumite competition and 20 will compete in the Kata competition.Both divisions of competition will be split 50/50 between men and women.
The quest to bring karate to the Olympics began in 1970’s by Jacques Delcourt.
In 2009, in the 121st International Olympic Committee voting, karate did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority vote to become an Olympic sport.
Karate was being considered for the 2020 Olympics, however at a meeting of the IOC’s executive board, held in Russia on May 29, 2013, it was decided that karate (along with wushu and several non-martial arts) would not be considered for inclusion in 2020 at the IOC’s 125th session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September 2013.