Welcome addresses from Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga

It's with great honour and pride that Braga holds the World University Karate Championship, another event that showcases Braga as a privileged stage for great competitions in the most varied sports.

It's a competition involved in the scope of the Ibero-American Capital of Youth’s official program that will bring more than 500 athletes from 50 different countries to Braga, mobilising around 200 people, between staff and volunteers. This is another opportunity for the City to show its youth, innovation and dynamic, with the support of University of Minho’s contagious energy and enthusiasm

Braga City Hall believes that, more than being the stage for major competitions, the City must promote citizens’ sports practice as a fundamental element in a healthy lifestyle and in a better life quality through sports.

Braga has been showing that it is a city where people feel pleasure in practicing sports, always in a logic of sports eclecticism that we promote and boost. In my name, and on behalf of all Braga citizens, we welcome all participants in this unique event, wishing that they enjoy all that the City as to offer, in all cultural, patrimonial and social levels.

The City Mayor,
Ricardo Rio