The World Karate Federation (WKF) President, Antonio Espinós, engaged in a pivotal meeting with the President of the Chinese Karate Association (CKA), Zhang Zhi, during the Karate 1 Youth League event held in Fujairah, UAE. This encounter aimed at fostering collaboration and exploring opportunities to extend the progress of Karate in China even more.
The meeting, also attended by Asian Karate Federation (AKF) President and WKF Vice President Major General Nasser Alrazooqi, alongside AKF CEO Vincent Chen, provided a platform to discuss the progress of karate in China and strategize on potential areas of cooperation between the WKF, the AKF, and the CKA.
WKF President Antonio Espinós said:
«It was a pleasure to meet with President Zhang Zhi and engage in constructive discussions about the growth of karate in China. Our aim is to explore avenues for collaboration that will not only benefit the Chinese Karate Association but also contribute to the global development of our sport.»
“I would also like to express my appreciation to AKF President Major General Nasser Alrazooqi for facilitating this meeting. The continuous development of karate in China is of utmost importance to the WKF and the AKF, and we look forward to a prosperous collaboration.»
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Hana Belal Mahmoud of Egypt claimed the top spot in the U14 Kumite Female -42 kg category, securing victory over Joudy Elzoghby of Egypt with a score of 2-1. In the U14 Kumite Female -47 kg division, Ioana Balanescu of Romania emerged victorious after a closely contested match against Hanna Olschewski of Germany, by “Hantei” or decision (0-0)
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The venue is the largest sports hall complex in the country with a full capacity of 10,000 spectators and will act as the perfect setting for a record-breaking event.
Over 1100 athletes from 48 countries participated in the last edition of the event which was held in Larnaca (Cyprus). Spain topped the medal table of the 2023 edition of the event with 13 medals including 6 golds, followed by Italy and Ukraine with 17 and 8 medals, respectively.
The thrilling competition of Karate at the 2023 Asian Games concluded with a spectacular final day that had Japan winning the crown in Male Team Kata and Kazakhstan topping the medal table.
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