The 2022 World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships concluded today in Konya (Turkiye). In a celebration of the strength of Karate among youngsters, the event finished with Japan topping the medal table of the tournament with a tally of 13 medals including ten golds.

Japan wrapped up their impressive performance with five golds on the final day. Mirisa Ohuchi opened the gold medal count of the day for Japan when she became the new World champion in U21 Female Kata. The Japanese Kata ace defeated Damayanti Marzella Sekar of Indonesia in the final (26.14 to 24.74)

The final of U21 Male Kata was claimed by Sakichi Abe of Japan over Duc Anh Nguyen of Vietnam by 26.54 to 25.12

Japan dominated the Kata categories since the Japanese delegation won all the gold medals in Kata including individual and team competitions. 

Seguis leyendo Japan top medal table of 2022 World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships

 

The WKF has announced the competition calendar for 2023. Following its approval by the WKF Congress last week in Konya (Turkiye), the list of events for next year has been revealed.

Karate fans will have plenty of highlights to mark in red next year. The Karate community will be setting its sights in Budapest (Hungary) where the World Senior Championships will take place from October 24 to 29.

In addition to Karate’s biggest event, the sport will again be featured in all the multi-sport events of the Olympic cycle of the year. The European Games (June 30 to July 1), the African Games (Karate dates to be confirmed), the Pan American Games (November 3 to 5), the Asian Games (Karate dates to be confirmed), and the Pacific Games (Karate dates to be confirmed) will all have Karate in the sports programmes.

Seguis leyendo Competition calendar for 2023 announced

The city of Durban in South Africa will host the 2022 UFAK Karate Championships from November 28 to December 4.

The best athletes in the continent are set to travel to Durban to compete in an event that gathers Senior, Cadet, Junior and U21 categories. The event will take place in the Olive Convention Centre in Durban.

As the tournament returns to the African East Coast after 15 years, the 2022 UFAK Championships in Durban is expected to continue the progress of the sport in the continent.

The last edition of the UFAK Championships was held in Egypt last year. The host nation topped the medal table of the event with 38 medals including 26 golds, followed by Algeria and Tunisia. Over 300 athletes from 23 countries participated in the event.

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The 2022 Commonwealth Karate Championships were held in Birmingham (UK) from September 7 to 11. England claimed first place in the final medal table with a total of 63 medals including 24 golds. Representatives of Scotland and Australia also performed at an impressive level with 22 and 21 medals, respectively.

As the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games came to a finish just one month ago, the English Karate Federation welcomed international delegations from over 20 countries to the 10th Commonwealth Karate Championships. Competitors were divided into 83 countries, from cadet to senior including Para-Karate.

Seguis leyendo England top medal table of 2022 Commonwealth Karate Championships

Spain’s Sandra Sanchez was declared The World Games Athlete of the Day. The Olympic, World, and European champion won the gold medal at The World Games, one final accolade before announcing her retirement from international competition.

As the Kata Queen was proclaimed the big winner of the Female Kata competition at The World Games after dominating the event in Birmingham. Following her outstanding performance, she was announced the Athlete of the Day of all the sports at The World Games.

“It was the last award missing! I really wanted to get gold at The World Games, and I finally could do it here, at my last event,” Sanchez said.

Sandra Sanchez, together with Miguel Becerra of Mexico from Archery were both designated The World Games Athlete of the Day on Saturday and received recognition at TWG Plaza in Birmingham.

“Everything that I had planned worked out perfectly for me. I leave with the feeling that I left my heart and soul on the tatami,” she mentioned after winning the title of the event.

One of the most decorated athletes in the history of the sport, Sanchez announced her retirement from international competition after winning the World title for the second time in Dubai last year, the European crown for the seventh time this year in Gaziantep, the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and The World Games for the first time in Birmingham.