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Sensei Rolle elected as PUKO vice president

Sensei Julian Rolle has made inroads in the martial arts arena around the region.

The Bahamian mat technician was elected vice president of the Panamerican Union of Karate Organization (PUKO) on Wednesday December 12, becoming one of a handful of Bahamians to ever be elected to an executive board of a regional sports body. Others are former president of the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) Frederick Sturrup, former president of the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (CACAC) the late Dr. Bernard Nottage, former CACAC Secretary/Treasurer the late Livingston Bostwick, former North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC)Vice President Mike Sands and current Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (CACBBFF) Vice President Danny Sumner.

The Panamerican Union of Karate Organization, also known as the Panamerican Karate Federation (PKF), is the governing body of the sport of karate of about 37 countries in the Americas. The PKF is duly recognized by the World Karate Federation (WKF), the largest international governing body of the sport of karate with over 130 member countries. It is the only karate organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The PKF organizes junior and senior championship in many countries in the Panamerican region, and its members participate in the WKF World Karate Championships. The president of the PKF is William Millerson.

The organization will be staging the fourth continental championships in Nassau, The Bahamas, in 2019.

As for Sensei Rolle, he is also the current president of the Bahamas Karate Association (BKA). For over 30 years, Sensei Rolle has been working for continued growth of the sport of karate in The Bahamas, and for harmony of all Bahamas martial arts. As PUKO Vice President, he is expected to continue this pursuit on a wider platform, with the support of PUKO.

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