Over 1600 youngsters from 51 countries are gathering at the event. The massive participation of promising karatekas in the event showcases the strength of Karate at young ages and is set to be a celebration of the many values of the sport.
The competition will take place at the Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center in Limassol. Junior categories will open the competition on Friday, with Cadet divisions taking the stage on Saturday and Under 14 categories closing the tournament on Sunday. Finals will be held at the end of each competition day.
It is the third time that the Cypriot city is hosting a Karate 1-Youth League event after the successful editions of 2019 and 2021. Last year the event gathered nearly 800 competitors from 37 countries. This tally of participants is therefore doubled in this edition.
After Limassol, the 2022 Karate 1-Youth League will travel to Porec (Croatia) from July 1 to 3 and Venice (Italy) from December 9 to 11.
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The ceremony was headed by WKF President Antonio Espinós and was held in Matosinhos after the celebration of the Karate 1-Premier League event in the Portuguese city. The two Karate Stars received the commemorative trophy and diploma that recognise them as the “Best of the Best” of the year in their respective categories.
Spain’s Damian Quintero won the Grand Winner award after leading the category of Male Kata in the last two editions of the Karate 1-Premier League. The current WKF World Ranking leader won medals in all five appearances in Karate 1-Premier League events in 2020 and 2021, including gold medals in the 2020 Karate 1-Premier League Dubai and the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul.
Damian Quintero said:
“Being the Grand Winner is a big responsibility for me. Staying on top requires keeping a constant high level throughout the season. On the other hand, the Grand Winner award is very satisfying because it means that all our goals of the season were achieved and that our hard work paid off.”
Following the resolution of the EKF Executive Committee to cancel the 2023 EKF Senior Championships in Moscow (Russia) due to the conflict in Ukraine, European Karate’s decision-making body has agreed to award the Royal Spanish Karate Federation the organisation of next year’s edition of Europe’s biggest event.
Guadalajara already hosted the EKF Senior Championships in 2019. Spain have welcomed the event two more times in the last two decades as Tenerife was the venue of the tournament in 2005 and 2012.
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the WKF Youth Camp & Camp welcomes youngsters from all over the world.
Aspiring karatekas find at the WKF Youth Camp & Cup the opportunity to train with some of the biggest stars of the sport while sharing experiences with fellow young athletes from five continents.
The idyllic city of Porec will be the venue for the event which is set to gather thousands of future karate stars.
Phase 1 of the registration process for the 2022 Karate 1-Premier League Rabat has started now as the official bulletin of the event has been issued.
Until March 20, National Federations can register athletes who are placed between positions 1 and 32 of the WKF World Ranking. The second week of phase 1 of the registration (March 21 to 28) is open to all the athletes who take the top 32 places in the WKF ranking.
The second phase of the registration for Karate 1-Premier League Rabat begins on March 29. Athletes ranked between positions 33 and 64 will have the opportunity to sign up for the event provided that there are vacancies in the different categories.
Registration will conclude with phase 3, scheduled from April 13 to 28 and available to athletes in positions 65 and 100 for the categories still with vacancies.
The 2022 Karate 1-Premier League Rabat will be held from May 13 to 15. One of the flagship events of the year, the tournament returns to the international scene after two years of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The last edition of the Karate 1-Premier League Rabat was held in 2019. Over 500 competitors from 75 countries participated in the event.
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