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March 24, 2020

Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is "accelerating". There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. 


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To celebrate the brilliant women we have in Scottish Karate, take part in the SKGB’s women’s coaching week. Our aim of the week is to have as many senior graded women as possible having a shot at taking a class - whether that be a whole class, the whole week, or parts of a class alongside another coach. (Coaches please note if the women coaching in your class are not already SKGB approved coaches then an SKGB approved coach must be present to overlook the class.) Lets encourage and inspire Scottish karate’s next generation of women coaches! Please share photos of the week on social media to showcase our women in action, and send them to the SKGB Director of women’s interests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SKGB Achievement


CHILDREN1st have informed the SKGB that we have now reached 100% compliance with the Standards in Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport as agreed with Sportscotland and CHILDREN1st.

The following athletes have been selected to represent the SKGB at the forthcoming 2020 Junior and Senior European Championships.

Congratulations from all at the SKGB

Junior European Team - Hungary

• Niamh McGregor - CEK
• Kori Fital - CEK
• Eilidh Poole - JKS
• Daniel Lyons - CEK
• Ben Woods - JKS
• Matthew Pratt - Sakai
• Billie Ross - JKS
• Dana Purves - SKF
• Holly Buchanan - SKF
• Jacob Smart - SKF
• Louis Gallaso - Shitokai Scotland
• Rhys Hartley - ASKF
• Amy Pollard - Shitokai Scotland
• Niamh Junner - Shitokai Scotland
• Matthew Miller - Yamakai
• Jamie Sinclair - JKS
• Lewis Simpson - JKS
• Matthew Chalk - Shitokai Scotland
• Aria Pascual - JKS
• Alex Marshall - Shitokai Scotland
• Emma Ruthven - Shitokai Scotland
• Aeron Greenland - Shitokai Scotland

Senior European Team - Baku

• Amy Luke - Yamakai
• Amy Connell - Shitokai Scotland
• Greg Anderson - CEK
• Dylan Rush - Shitokai Scotland
• Niamh Junner - Shitokai Scotland
• Jordan Szafranek
• Emma Ruthven

The SKGB supports the aims and objectives of SAMH.

Everyone deserves the chance to experience the benefits that physical activity can bring to our mental health and wellbeing. But it can be hard to take the first step to getting more active, especially if you’re experiencing a mental health problem.
SAMH is tackling the barriers that prevent people with mental health problems from improving their physical fitness.

Congratulations to Amy Connell representing Team GB at the European Games in Minsk

Amy Connell – Athlete Blog 

My name is Amy Connell I am an international athlete for the Scotland national karate team and Team GB. I started karate when I was three years old and it has been a huge passion of mine that has grown ever since. I have represented Scotland at multiple European and World Championships since I was 14 years old bringing home two European bronze medals in cadet and junior categories and a World University bronze.

My sporting career like may others has been full of great triumphs alongside may obstacles, one major obstacle of mine was my injury after the Senior World Championships in Bremen 2014 where I placed 7th. I came home to find out I had two broken legs and told by many doctors that I wouldn’t be able to compete again. This was a devastating time in my life but I had a strong mindset that I could get back to competing at the top level again. It was a tough 2 years of rehabilitation mentally and physically but my first big competition back was the Paris Open in 2017 where I reached the final bringing home a silver medal. This year I became Senior European bronze medallist in Guadalajara which meant I qualified for the European Games in Minsk. I fly out to next week and I am very proud to be representing my club, country and family as part of Team GB at this huge multi-sport event.

Good luck Amy 

From all at the SKGB


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