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Olympic Oval new home for Karate Canada

Richmond Olympic Oval will soon become the new home of karate in Canada, hosting six competitive events over four years starting in 2014.

The events include four national championships and two International competitions.

“We’re very excited to secure this four-year partnership with Karate Canada,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This will result in significant economic benefits for our community, as well as enhancing community vibrancy. It means Canada’s best athletes will be able to pursue their dreams of excellence in a world class facility and the youth of our community will have the opportunity to be inspired by and learn from those same athletes.”

The Oval will play host to the annual Karate Canada National Championship–in which Canadian National team selection will take place –every January. More than 450 Canadian athletes, coaches, officials and delegates will take part in each national championship, while the event is expected to attract up to 1,500 spectators over three days of competition.

In 2014 and 2017 the Oval will also host more than 230 athletes, coaches, officials and delegates from Canada, Mexico and the United States as a part of the North American Cup.

“This is a first for our sport; hosting our events in the same venue and city over a few years,” said Rébecca Khoury, President of Karate Canada. “We are certain that the relationships we will build with Karate BC, the City of Richmond, the Richmond Olympic Oval and all our partners and sponsors will benefit the community and all of our members for years to come.”

With 5,000 room nights projected to be booked at local hotels in addition to an anticipated boost to tourism, the local economic impact of the events being hosted at the Oval could be upwards of $1 million.

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