Gichin Funakoshi’s first precept of Shotokan states “Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with rei.” This is the spirit that prevails within the Malta Karate Federation. Safeguarding all individuals who practice karate is of utmost importance.
In order to ensure this, the WKF has published the WKF Safe Sport Policy. This policy is in line with the IOC’s recommendations to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport. The MKF has adopted the WKF Safe Sport Policy in its entirety.
Each key aspect of the WKF Safe Sport Policy should be emphasised:
Knowledge of responsibilities is vital – athletes, coaches and other members of the MKF family must be aware of their responsibilities. Ample resources are available on safeguarding in sport, including the IOC Safeguarding Toolkit and the WKF Safe Sport Policy, for Karate-specific information.
Reporting incidents and suspicions is crucial – you can do this via the Official MKF Complaint Form. Forms should be sent by email to [email protected]. Assistance and support is available – fill out the this form and the MKF Safeguarding Officer will help with any case of harassment and abuse. Everyone in the MKF Family has a duty of care and we should all be committed to fostering the safest sport environment.