Karate-After long battle, karate gets long-awaited chance on biggest stage

Karate has fought a long, hard battle to earn its place as an Olympic sport. Despite its 100 million practitioners worldwide, a solid place in popular culture and a rich history that some say can be traced back to the 15th century, the Japanese martial art's bid to join the Olympics had been rejected three times, including, initially, for Tokyo 2020. Lobbied by then-chief cabinet secretary and current prime minister Yoshihide Suga, karate officially won its place two years later to join fellow Asian martial arts judo and taekwondo on the big stage in Tokyo.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

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