Please allow Karate a chance to be admitted as an IOC Event
Dear Count Rogge, I am writing to you not for criticism but to please as the head of the International Olympic Committee/Comité International Olympique correct what millions across the world believe to be a grand injustice. On August 13th 2009, The sports of Rugby 7's and Golf were chosen to be represented for future Olympic Events at the expense of Karate which for many years have been campaigned for inclusion most prominently by the World Karate Federation which you recognise as the International Sports Governing Body of Karate.
Karate was Leading by Five Points as a strong contender for qualifying as an event in the first round, it required only three points for the second round to go through but no-one voted for this sport after the first stage. Most commentators were absolutely surprised at the result. This is according to coverage from the World Karate Federation dated August 30th 2009 titled "Information on IOC Executive Board decision for new sports added in the programme".
Golf & Rugby 7's are fine sports but most feel that they were incorporated into the IOC Event Roster for mainly Sponsorship reasons; The Olympic Games has a long and more proud history with games of a Combat or Team-based Nature because the ancient champions were soldiers... Wrestling, Boxing, Equestrian, Javelin etc are activities of combat. Golf as a Sport has frequent events that rival the Size of the Olympics i.e. Ryder Cup, USPGA, St Andrews Open etc.
Rugby has its own events like i.e. The Tri-Nations, The Six-Nations, Heineken Cup and The Rugby World Cup each year prior to the Olympics.
Martial Arts like Judo which was admitted in 1964 and Taekwondo in 2000 are few and far between in this prestigious event that graces the world and its people every four years... They are associated with the combative tradition of the Ancient Olympic Games. Please allow the Twenty Million Plus Practitioners across the world a chance to compete for Olympic Glory.