Karate expert joins World Karate Federation technical board

SKISA president, Sonny Pillay, has made history after he was appointed on the technical board of the World Karate Federation.  His new position will see him play a pivotal role in the build up to the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where karate has been recognised as an official sport.

Pillay’s 50 years of work and dedication to karate has certainly not gone unnoticed as this is a first for South Africa. Pillay together with 12 members from around the globe will be sophisticating the said portfolio and commission at large.

Speaking about the appointment, Pillay said, “I was comprehensively briefed by the world president, Antonio Espinos, current member, Bharat Sharma, and others at meetings held during the World Youth Cup in Croatia over the weekend. This enabled me to better understand the expectations that the WKF have of me in terms of the portfolio. It certainly will add to my current hectic travel schedule because I will be expected to be on duty at various world karate events such as the Premier League and World Cup that is scheduled to take place in Spain in October this year.”

The 66-year-old added, “Given my 50 long glorious years in the karate field, I am confident that I will cope with the task ahead. I see the prestigious appointment to the 13-man board as a new challenge in my intriguing karate journey that started in 1968. I also believe my appointment will impact positively on my leadership as the Karate South Africa president because I will be more in touch with the global revolution of the sport that is going on currently.”

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