KARATE TOURNAMENTS AND SANCTIONING

**REGARDING KARATE TOURNAMENTS AND SANCTIONING**

Members and Non-Members of the Ontario Karate Federation.

As you may know, there has been a change to the law in Ontario  regarding the sanctioning of combat sports events. This law came into  effect on July 1, 2017. As it pertains to Karate, the law requires the  permission of the “Provincial Sport Organization recognized by the  Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.” (Order in Council 1087/2017)

Due to this change in the law, the OKF Board of Directors is working  on updating the Event Sanctioning Policy. The OKF is committed to  placing the health and safety of athletes first. As well, since any  and all Karate events held in Ontario must be sanctioned by the OKF,  we must insist on setting standards that shall be met by every event.  This will take some time but we are working diligently on this and  have set the revision of the Sanctioning Policy as a priority.

As you can imagine, the challenge is that there will be requests  between now and when the Sanctioning Policy is complete and approved  by the OKF Board of Directors for event sanctioning. Until the OKF has  approved the Event Sanctioning Policy, there shall be no events  sanctioned by the OKF. The simple fact is that if the OKF were to  sanction an event before the Policy is complete, it will set a  precedent. The precedent that the OKF will set will be within the  Policy itself.

We understand the complexities this may cause, but we need to adapt  with the change of the law - a law we did not pass, but one we must  comply with. Again, we are working diligently and with purpose to  revise and approve the Event Sanctioning Policy and appreciate your  patience and understanding. Should you have any questions or need  anything else, please feel free to contact us.

Respectfully,

Brad Jones
President, Ontario Karate Federation

Details from the Ministry can be found at:
http://mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/sport/amateur.shtml

Ontario Quest for Gold Update

The DRAFT List  of Ontario Card nominations is now available and can be viewed at the links below.  Please note that this is a Draft List only until the appeals process is completed.  There are several key deadlines outlined in the chart below.  More details are available in linked documents.  Please note that only nominated athletes (not alternates) need to complete their online application by January 25, 2017 (www.questforgold.ca).  Athletes must be confirmed members in good standing with the Ontario Karate Federation for funding to be released.  Nominated athletes will also receive a direct email with the Athlete Handbook.

Please direct all questions and appeals to Peter Pakatchian, Athletes Representative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LINKS:

Quest for Gold ONTARIO Card Athlete Handbook

DRAFT List of Ontario Card Nominations

Appeal Form