History was made last week when Durban North karate legend, Sonny Pillay was elected unopposed as president of the Commonwealth Karate Nations of the World.

Pillay who has been at the helm of Karate South Africa for eight years, is the first person of Indian origin to be elected as president of the Commonwealth Karate Ffederation

The election chaired by acting president, Raghupathy Thiagarajan was conducted in Durban. It was attended by delegates from several Commonwealth countries such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Mozambique, India, Botswana and Namibia.

The elections preceded the successful Commonwealth Karate Championship hosted by Karate SA at the Olive Convention Centre.

“I note with great pride and confidence the ability placed in me to lead the Commonwealth body. I promise to lead with dignity and integrity especially so far as good governance is concerned,” said Pillay.

Pillay is the only South African to be appointed on the World Karate Federation’s technical board.

His other task is to assist the Commonwealth organisation which he now heads, to gain recognition from the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“It is incumbent for the Commonwealth executive to have karate included in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. I will try to persuade delegates to row in the same direction,” said Pillay.