World Karate Federation provisionally de-recognises Karate Association of India
The World Karate Federation has provisionally de-recognised the Karate Association of India with immediate effect for violating the world body's statutes during its 2019 elections.
The World Karate Federation (WKF) has provisionally de-recognised the Karate Association of India with immediate effect for violating the world body's statutes during its 2019 elections.
The WKF Chief Antonio Espinos informed in a letter to KAI President Hariprasad Pattanayak that the decision was taken after investigations and inquiry of the status of KAI by commissioned members. The WKF Executive Committee has decided to provisionally withdraw the recognition of KAI with immediate effect in accordance with the WKF Statutes.
The World Karate Federation made it clear that it was unhappy with the infighting within the KAI, which resulted in a "flawed" election process in January 2019.
World Karate Federation’s statement
The World Karate Federation’s letter dated June 22 read that the current management of KAI has lost its integrity and credibility and the current management is now paralysed with part of the management led by Mr. Likha Tara claiming that the office-bearers are illegally elected, part of the management claiming control and part of the management proposing to reinstate Bharat Sharma as Vice President.
The WKF stated that it does not seem possible for the Karate Association of India to resolve the differences and issues amicable in the foreseeable future. Instead, the WKF commission is convinced that the internal struggle will escalate further and the involvement of external bodies is imminent, with potential interferences in the autonomy of the National Federation.
The WKF has, however, given the Karate Association of India the option of appealing against the de-recognition within 21 days. The WKF letter stated that the appeal can be presented before the Disciplinary and Legal Commission within 21 days following the notification of provisional affiliation or disaffiliation decision by the Executive Committee or the final affiliation or disaffiliation decision by the Congress.
What will happen next?
The provisional disaffiliation of the Karate Association of India will be submitted for ratification before its Congress at its next meeting. During the meeting, the KAI will be given an opportunity to express its view concerning its disaffiliation of WKF.
With provisional de-recognition, the Karate Association of India will no longer be entitled to the rights reserved only to WKF members, including participating in WKF events, using the WKF logo and name and represent the WKF in India.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had also disaffiliated the Karate Association of India in January 2020 for violating its constitution and guidelines. The key issue is the KAI elections, which took place in January 2019 with no presence of an observer from the IOA. There have been allegations that the process was not valid. Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) president Likha Tara was elected as the president of the Karate Association of India in January 2019. He was holding the post of vice president of the association before that.