A World Karate Federation delegation has visited the ROC headquarters in Moscow ©WKF

World Karate Federation (WKF) President Antonio Espinós has praised the work of the Russian Karate Federation (RKF) following a meeting with Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) counterpart Stanislav Pozdnyakov in Moscow.

Pozdnyakov welcomed Espinós to the ROC’s headquarters in Moscow, where the two officials discussed the progress of karate in the country. 

Also in attendance were a WKF delegation, RKF President Sergey Tsoy and RKF Executive Committee member Veniamin Pak.

The meeting coincided with the Karate 1-Premier League event in Russia’s capital.

The Olympic prospects of karate and the opportunities to further grow the sport in Russia were among the topics on the agenda.

"It was great to sit with Mr Pozdnyakov and see his commitment to the progress of sports in Russia," Espinós said.

"I want to thank him for his time today and for his support to the growth of karate in Russia.

"It is a source of pride to attest the exceptional work the RKF has been doing over the past years.

"The organisation, which is brilliantly managed by President Sergey Tsoy, has become an active force within the WKF and one of our biggest assets in our goal of taking karate to new heights."

WKF President Antonio Espinós, right, met with ROC counterpart Stanislav Pozdnyakov ©WKF
WKF President Antonio Espinós, right, met with ROC counterpart Stanislav Pozdnyakov ©WKF

The WKF claim the popularity of karate in Russia is reaching new heights with the country’s athletes fighting to achieve qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

"We continue growing at an unprecedented pace," Espinós added.

"Our events are attracting more and more fans and media.

"More and more spectators follow our competitions on site or through WKF’s social media channels, as we could attest this week in the Karate 1-Premier League in Moscow.

"Karate has the potential to develop the sport even more, especially in countries like Russia.

"We are ready to work hard together with the Russian Karate Federation and with the Russian sports authorities to achieve this goal."

Russian Ivanna Zaytseva stunned Japan's Ayumi Uekusa to clinch the women's under-68 kilograms gold medal at the Karate 1-Premier League in Moscow.

Zaytseva delighted the home crowd inside the Megasport Arena with a 2-0 win over the reigning Grand Winner in the category.

It was the sixth stop of the 2019 Karate 1-Premier League.