WUKF President Liviu Crisan notes Poland World Championship perfect organisation

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The President of the World Union of Karate-Do Federations Liviu Crisan told AGERPRES that he had noted the perfect organisation of the WUKF World Championships for children, cadets and juniors opening in Szczecin, Poland on Thursday.

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'I may say that everything is perfect for the first time. I have never met such professional organisation, with people so involved, with financial support and other categories of support from the local authorities. There are more than 50 volunteers eager to help organising this event. We only have a few problems relating those who had airplane tickets for Szczecin. The fog cancelled several flights and several teams will be late, but I am convinced everything will be all right on Friday and we will be able to begin the competitions', Crisan told AGERPRES.

'It is for the first time that we have 14 tatamis available to work simultaneously work on. 1,800 athletes from 36 countries, from 57 federations are expected. We will have more exact figures at the end of the enrolling', said Romanian Crisan, who is also the 1st vice president of United World Karate (UWK).

He hopes the Romanian athletes would have a very good evolution, with the main adversaries of the Romanians being the Americans, who have fielded a delegation of 70 karateka.

The Romanian WKC Karate Federation fields at the start of the competition a 27-team backed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. With the help of the federation member clubs, the parents and, last but not least, the sponsors, the FRK WKC sent to Poland more than 100 children, cadets and juniors.

'I hope they have a very good showing. We have trained a lot for this competition. They are all motivated to get the maximum possible. We have very strong adversaries, firstly the U.S. delegation coming for the first time to Europe. It includes 70 athletes, but the number is not important. I've been knowing them for a long time, they have special quality and very good showing', Crisan stressed.

'We are all looking forward to the opening festivity, where I know special things will be displayed', the WUKF president said ahead of the World Championships to open at 8 p.m. (Romanian time) on Thursday in a festivity to be also attended by former Polish President and 1983 Nobel Peace Laureate Lech Walesa and Szczecin mayor Piotr Krzystek.
The two free training stages for all the participants in the Szczecin championships are held on Thursday, being given by Canadian Richard Jorgensen (kata shotokan) and Frenchman Christophe Pinna, a world champion and WUKF kumite expert.

National News Agency AGERPRES will cover the event by a reporter on site and will broadcast the competition LIVE STREAMING over Oct. 16-19 on http://www.agerpres.ro/static/live.AGERPRES

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