DKV and DBS sign mutual contract of cooperation
First negotiations for a cooperation between DKV (German Karate Federation) and DBS (National Paralympic Commitee Germany) had already started several years ago initiated by the work of Ernes Erko Kalac.
Last year, president Friedhelm Julius Beucher from the National Paralympic Commitee GErmany and president W. Weigert of DKV agreed to strengthen their cooperation by a mutual treaty.
Beginning this year, Lars Wiesel-Bauer (DBS) and Stefanie Nagl (Commission for Persons with Disabilities German and World Karate Federation) set to fix the guidelines and soon they had found a mutual base to formulate the text for this contract. An appropriate setting for signing this treaty was the first Karate - World-Championship for Person with disabiliteies which took place together with the 22th Senior Karate-World-Championships of 2014 in Bremen (Germany). In the run of the past years, the DKV broadened its conceptions for helping handicapped persons to participate in Karate. The international competitions of 2014 (Nov, 5th - 9th) in Bremen were one of the milestones for the inclusion of caratekas - handicapped as well as non-handicapped. The representatives of the DBS themselves had the opportunity to - on spot - witness a perfect organization in an appropriate surrounding with this First World Championship's.
After signing the treaty, Julius Beucher personally handed out the gold medals for the most successful handicapped competitors. Among the winners he could even award two German champions, Helga Balkie(blind and visually impaired; female) and Marvin Nöltge (people with learning disabilities; male), with a gold medal each.
Stefanie Nagl is ever so pleased with that success and hopes for many further joint projects for „to stimulate this new contract".
Commission for persons with disabilities
Bavarian/German/World Karate Federation
Translation Jürgen Renz
Fotos Christian Grüner