CM – Espinós is celebrating a historic year for karate ahead of the Asian Championships in Almaty

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The senior competition starts tomorrow at the Asian karate championships, which will be held in the Baluan Sholak Palace for Culture and Sports in Almaty.

The Asian Karate Federation (AKF) held its congress before the senior championships – his first face-to-face meeting in more than two years because of the pandemic.

There were reports on various areas of the AKF while the Spanish President of the World Karate Federation (WKF), Antonio Espinós, gave a speech that marked the debut of the sport emphasized the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

« This year we showed the greatness of our sport and the many values ​​of karate at the Olympic Games, » said Espinós.

« We will continue to fight for that Karate takes its well-deserved place in the Olympic program.

« To achieve this goal, the cooperation of all members of the karate family is essential.

Espinós attended a meeting of the AKF Executive Committee in Almaty, which was led by the AKF President, Major General Nasser Alrazooqi of the United Arab Emirates.

The WKF President praised the work of the Continental Association and commented: “The Asian Karate Association has always been a role model for them effective establishment of the presence of our sport on the continent.

« I am pleased to be able to confirm that, thanks to the work of the AKF with Major General Nasser Alrazooqi at the helm, karate continues to be one of the most exciting and popular sports in Asia. »

The Japanese Ryo Kiyuna is the star name for the men – he triumphed in Tokyo 2020 and won gold at 15 international events in a row.

Grace Lau Mo-sheung won bronze for Hong Kong in the women’s kata in the Japanese capital.

The men’s and women’s team kata starts on Tuesday (21. December), the final is planned for the last day of competition on Wednesday (December 22nd).

These range for male competitors in six weight classes from under 55 kg to over 84 kg and for female athletes in five categories from under 50 kg up to over 68 kg.

Tomorrow the kumite events of the men’s and women’s teams will also start, which will round off the championship with the goal medal games.

Tareg Hamedi from Saudi Arabia is one of the headlines as the defending champion of the Men over 84 kg Asian champion and Tokyo 2020 over 75 kg silver medalist.

The Olympic bronze medalist over 61 kg in the women, Sofya Berultseva, will hope for success for host Kazakhstan. Jordans Abdel Rahman Almasatfa is another athlete who stood on the podium in Tokyo 2020 – third in the men under 67 kg -.

The leading representatives of the hosts also include the four-time Asian champion under 55 kg in the men Andrey Aktauov, Nurkanat Azhikanov for the men under 75 kg and the participants under 50 kg for the women Sofya Berultseva – Olympic bronze medalist Moldir Zhangbyrbay – and Moldir Zhangbyrbay.

Last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was originally supposed to be in this one Year in Kuwait before it was relocated.

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