TOKYO (AP) _ The World Union of Karate-do Organizations has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee, paving the way for karate to be recognized and approved as an Olympic sport in the future, Ryoichi Sasakawa, the union’s president, said Wednesday.
Karate, literally ″empty hand,″ is one of Japan’s martial arts.
Sasakawa told a news conference that his organization had received a letter from IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, dated June 6, announcing official IOC recognition of the union.
The union is working to have karate made an Olympic event by 1992, Sasakawa said.
He said the union is made up of 76 countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, the Philippines, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, Thailand, West Germany, the United States, India, Pakistan and Japan.
Union officials said karate is practiced by an estimated 20-25 million people in more than 120 countries. ---
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Kim Gardner of Paris defeated Tulsa University teammate Diane Dickman, of Modesto, Calif., 4 and 3 to win the Broadmoor Ladies’ Invitational Tournament on Tuesday.
Gardner never trailed in the 36-hole final over the Broadmoor East course. She won the first two holes in the morning round and led 3-up after the first 18.
In the afternoon round, Dickman came back and won the 20th and 21st to cut the lead to 1-up, but Gardner stormed back to win the next three holes.
Dickman’s last challenge came on the 30th, which she won, but Gardner picked up the 32nd, and when they halved the 33rd the match was over.
″This is my fourth year at the Broadmoor and it takes that much time to learn the course,″ she said after the victory. ---
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The Coburg Giants of Australia defeated the touring Pac-10 all-star basketball team from the United States 96-94 Tuesday night.
The Pac-10 team, which includes one player from each of the colleges in the conference, put up two shots in the last 10 seconds, but both missed.
The loss was the fourth straight of the tour for the American collegians, who were swept 3-0 by the Australian national team.
Bennie Lewis hit for 29 points and Chuck Harmison had 18 to lead Coburg, while Arizona State’s Steve Beck hit 25 for the Pac-10 and Leonard Taylor of the University of California scored 20.
The Pac-10 will play further matches against the Geelong Cats, Nunawading Spectres and Hobart Devils before returning home. ---
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The Pittsfield Cubs minor league baseball team is staying in western Massachusetts for at least another year and for ″the foreseeable future,″ says chief operating officer Lawrence Revo.
″Pittsfield is the logical choice for the permanent location of this franchise,″ Revo said Tuesday. ″Therefore, barring a sale or an offer from another city, this franchise will be located in Pittsfield in 1986 and beyond.″
When asked if anybody has contacted him about the last-place team in the AA Eastern League, Revo said ″No.″
″We’re not going out and looking for any place else,″ Revo said. ″This is the place where we are going to be.″
The announcement pleased Pittsfield Mayor Charles Smith.
″First of all, as a community we need baseball,″ Smith said. ″That’s why I was anxious to bring it - the team - here.″
Smith said he is going to create a committee for the advancement of professional baseball in Pittsfield. He said the panel would include a cross- section of political, labor and business leaders as well as members of the arts and youth organizations. ---
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(AP) - Soviet Union grapplers won four gold medals, one silver, and one bronze to take a three-point team lead over Bulgaria on Tuesday in the 1985 World Espoir Wrestling Championships at the Olympic Training Center.
With four weight classes in the Greco-Roman competition to be decided Wednesday, the Soviets lead with 33 points, followed by Bulgaria with 30, and Hungary with 12. The United States, tied for 10th with Japan and China, has four points.
American finishers included Carlton Haselrig, 19, of Johnstown, Pa., who was fourth in the 130-kilogram class, and Todd Seiler, 19, of Sauk City, Wis., who came in sixth in the 90-kilogram class.
Chris Trioni, 19, of Mechanicville, N.Y., had a shot at the gold medal in the 100-kilogram class Wednesday. He won all three of his matches Tuesday to advance to the semifinals.