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.
A worldwide initiative to combat Gender-Based Violence, the Guardian Girls Global Karate Project aims at empowering girls and young women to defend themselves from all forms of violence through Karate training.
The ground-breaking program will be developed in WKF’s Karate 1-Premier League events. Guardian Girls Karate’s women’s self-defence seminars and demonstrations will be conducted at all WKF major tournaments to showcase the application of Karate as an invaluable tool to provide ways to protect girls and young women from Gender-Based Violence.
Moreover, through this initiative, the WKF seeks to spread the creation and strengthening of Guardian Girls Karate’s women’s self-defence departments at all WKF National Federations.
The official signing ceremony of the partnership agreement and the pilot event of the Guardian Girls Global Karate Project will be held on October 7th and 8th in Los Angeles, United States, where the global headquarters of KIF is located.
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.
The Karate competition of The World Games concluded Saturday with the final day of action from Birmingham. In a thrilling showcase of the many values of the sport, new Karate heroes Anita Serogina of Ukraine, Abdalla Abdelaziz of Egypt, Silvia Semeraro of Italy, Youssef Badawy of Egypt, Sofya Berultseva of Kazakhstan, and Babacar Seck Sakho of Spain were crowned today.
ANITA SEROGINA STRIKES BACK
The final of Female Kumite -61kg was a repetition of the title-deciding bout from 2017 with both Alexandra Grande of Peru and Anita Serogina of Ukraine fighting for gold. At the event in Poland, the victory went to Peru but this time, Serogina avenged her defeat five years ago as she claimed a hard-fought victory 3-2.
Serogina was down on the scoreboard but managed to strike a final point to win her first crown of The World Games.