The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board voted today to advance Baseball/Softball, Squash, and Wrestling to a September vote by the IOC General Assembly in Buenos Aires for ultimate inclusion for the program of the 2020 Olympic Games. Karate, along with Roller Sports, Sport Climbing, Wakeboarding, and Wushu, were eliminated when the Executive Board chose the advancing three through several rounds of secret, electronic voting.
"I'm speechless. This is a sad day for Karate but even more so for our athletes," said USA Karate Chief Executive Officer Jake Lease. "After being close in 2005, 2009, and now 2013, it is a disappointment to see that another generation of Karate athletes will not get to realize their Olympic dreams." Karate narrowly missed the necessary votes in both 2005 and 2009. Details regarding the current vote specifics have not yet been released.
"USA Karate will maintain our commitment to our athletes at all levels and we'll continue to monitor how we came to this result," Lease added. "Our athletes are our number one priority and this vote will not change that."
Additional details regarding the IOC decision will be updated as they become available.