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Latest updates to the 2020 WKF Calendar

July 8, 2020 Leave a comment

We would like to inform you about the latest updates to the 2020 WKF Calendar, with the necessary cancellation of events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

June-July 2020 / WKF Youth Camp & Youth League in Porec, Croatia: CANCELLED
Despite the proposal to postpone the event for a later date, the activities foreseen in Porec have now been cancelled for this year 2020 as the current circumstances still do not make the organization of this event possible.

September 2020 / Karate 1 – Youth League in Monterrey, Mexico: CANCELLED
November 2020 / FISU World University Karate Championships in Brasilia, Brazil: CANCELLED by the International University Sports Federation (FISU)

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Postpone the next edition of the World Championships to 2021.

June 23, 2020 Leave a comment

The Executive Committee of the World Karate Federation met Monday via videoconference to streamline the roadmap of the organisation amid the current challenging circumstances caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus.

The Executive Committee of the World Karate Federation met Monday via videoconference to streamline the roadmap of the organisation amid the current challenging circumstances caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus.

Far-reaching decisions were taken in the meeting which was chaired by WKF President Antonio Espinós. The Executive Committee decided to postpone the next edition of the World Championships to 2021. Karate’s biggest event, which had been scheduled to be held later this year in Dubai (UAE) will take place in the same venue in November 2021 due to the uncertain situation produced by the COVID-19 epidemic. WKF’s governing body agreed to reschedule the tournament in order to guarantee the well-being and safety of athletes, staff members and fans. Consequently, the WKF Congress which was planned to be held in Dubai in November will also be postponed to 2021.

The current status of the 2020 competition calendar was reviewed after the cancellation of the last events, while the tentative proposal for the 2021 and 2022 calendars was revised.

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic were also analysed. The Executive Committee approved a health and safety protocol to adapt the sport to the new conditions caused by COVID-19. This protocol aims at providing a set of guidelines for national federations and clubs to ensure the best environment for the practise of the sport amid the after-effects of the global pandemic. The new health and safety protocol will be published shortly.

Updates on the progress of the Karate competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022 were presented. The reorganisation of the Referee Commission and amendments to the ranking regulations as proposed by the WKF Ranking Commission were discussed. Additionally, the prospects of organising the WKF Youth Camp later this year were also addressed.

Karate’s governing body took time to honour the memory of WKF Executive Committee member William Millerson who passed away on Saturday.

“The Karate family is doing incredible work to make the best of these difficult times. We are looking forward to continuing maximising the many values of our beloved sport, and we hope that we can keep on celebrating the outstanding effects of our discipline in society. While the moment of going back to normal arrives, I am sure that the Karate world will continue to be united and working in the same direction, as we have demonstrated in the past months,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós.

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Karate World Championships postponed to 2021

The 25th edition of the Karate World Championships will be held in November 2021. The World Karate Federation decided to postpone the biggest event of the sport due to the uncertain situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 25th edition of the Karate World Championships will be held in November 2021. The World Karate Federation decided to postpone the biggest event of the sport due to the uncertain situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

After much consideration and analysis, the Executive Committee of the World Karate Federation approved Monday the postponement of the next Karate World Championships. The 25th edition of the global event had been scheduled for November 17-22, 2020; the championships will be now celebrated from November 16 to 21, 2021.

Following intense negotiations and discussion with the local organisers and the local authorities, Karate’s managing body decided to reschedule the upcoming World Championships as the well-being and safety of competitors and fans could not be ensured amid the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19.

“It has not been an easy decision, but an event of the magnitude and relevance of our World Championships could not be celebrated with enough guarantees as scheduled, due to current circumstances. It is the first time in the 50 years of history of our World Championships that we will not celebrate one edition of our biggest event in its running season. However, I am sure that the tournament in 2021 will continue the outstanding progress of our World Championships, and that a new and thrilling chapter of our history will be written next year in Dubai” said WKF President Antonio Espinós.

The decision to postpone the 25th World Championships to 2021 implies that the 12th World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships which were scheduled to take place in 2021 in Turkey move now to 2022. Subsequently, the 2022 World Championships in Hungary are transferred to 2023, thus relocating the Senior World Championships to odd years and the World underage Championships to even years. The upcoming edition of WKF General Congress which had been slated for November 2020 in Dubai will take place next year in the Emirate city on the eve of the 2021 World Championships.

“I want to thank the Karate Federation of the UAE and its president Major General Nasser Alrazooqi for their cooperation in these difficult times. With their hard work and commitment, I am convinced that the event next year will be a huge success,” added Espinós.

The last edition of the Karate World Championships was held in Madrid (Spain) in 2018. Nearly 1200 athletes from 131 countries took part in the event in a record-breaking tally of participation in the most anticipated event of the sport.

Revised Qualification System (QS) of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

May 20, 2020 Leave a comment



CLICK HERE to go to the updated Olympic Qualification System.

CLICK HERE to go to the revised Qualification System document.

RELATED: WKF Athletes Commission backs revision of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification System

IOC RELEASES REVISED OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020 QUALIFICATION PRINCIPLES

April 10, 2020 Leave a comment


AS PART OF THE WORK OF THE “HERE WE GO” TASK FORCE CURRENTLY ADDRESSING THE LIST OF QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) QUALIFICATION TASK FORCE HAS APPROVED A SERIES OF AMENDMENTS TO THE TOKYO 2020 QUALIFICATION SYSTEM PRINCIPLES.

The revision has been made to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent finalisation of the new dates of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, replacing the previous version approved by the IOC Executive Board in July 2017.

The Qualification Principles are the reference for all the qualification systems, which are the regulations established by International Federations (IFs) that vary between each sport (and sports discipline, where applicable).

The qualification systems consist of rules, procedures and criteria for participation in the competitions of the Olympic Games, in line with the Olympic Charter, and are approved by the IOC Executive Board.

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March 30, 2020 Leave a comment

WKF announces first qualified athletes for Tokyo 2020

March 18, 2020 Leave a comment


The World Karate Federation has announced the first Karate athletes who have earned the qualification for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.  

Due to the cancellation of the last qualifying tournaments because of the coronavirus outbreak, the first stage of the Olympic qualification pathway has been finalised. The four highest-ranked athletes per gender and Olympic event claim the 32 places allocated by standings. Additionally, the WKF has also confirmed the Japanese athletes who take the host nation quota in each one of the Olympic categories.

The qualified athletes in alphabetical order are:

 
Male Categories
Qualified Athletes
Female Categories
Qualified Athletes
Male Kata

Mattia Busato (ITA)
Antonio Diaz (VEN)
Ryo Kiyuna (JPN)
Damian Quintero (ESP)
Ali Sofuoglu (TUR)

Female Kata

Viviana Bottaro (ITA)
Sakura Kokumai (USA)
Mo Sheung Grace Lau (HKG)
Sandra Sanchez (ESP)
Kiyou Shimizu (JPN)

Male Kumite -67kg

Darkhan Assadilov (KAZ)
Angelo Crescenzo (ITA)
Steven Dacosta (FRA)
Vinicius Figueira (BRA)
Naoto Sago (JPN)

Female Kumite -55kg

Sara Bahmanyar (IRI)
Miho Miyahara (JPN)
Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu (TUR)
Anzhelika Terliuga (UKR)
Tzu-Yun Wen (TPE)

Male Kumite -75kg

Rafael Aghayev (AZE)
Bahman Asgari Ghoncheh (IRI)
Luigi Busa (ITA)
Stanislav Horuna (UKR)
Ken Nishimura (JPN)

Male Kumite -61kg

Merve Coban (TUR)
Giana Lotfy (EGY)
Jovana Prekovic (SRB)
Mayumi Someya (JPN)
Xiaoyan Yin (CHN)

Male Kumite +75kg

Ugur Aktas (TUR)
Ryutaro Araga (JPN)
Sajad Ganjzadeh (IRI)
Jonathan Horne (GER)
Ivan Kvesic (CRO)

Female Kumite +61kg

Hamideh Abbasali (IRI)
Meltem Hocaouglu (TUR)
Elena Quirici (SUI)
Ayumi Uekusa (JPN)
Irina Zaretska (AZE)

The Olympic qualification process continues now to allocate the rest of the places to complete the final list of 80 karatekas to participate in Tokyo 2020. No less than 24 athletes will earn the Olympic ticket at the qualification tournament to be held in Paris (France). Additionally, 12 athletes will get the berth for the Olympic Games by continental representation and up to four karatekas will take the Olympic ticket by the Tripartite Commission invitation places.

Information about the major updates and the challenges related to the qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


WKF would like to inform you about the major updates in light of the ongoing developments around coronavirus and the challenges related to the last qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A. Madrid Premier League (PL) will be the substitution event of the cancelled PL in Rabat (for the Olympic Standing) Cancell

B. European Senior Championships in Baku Cancell

C. Qualification Tournament (QT) in Paris Postponed new date coming.

After the recent news received by IOC about the postponement of the Olympic Games until latest summer 2021 (already shared with all of you), we hereby inform you that the WKF postpones the Qualification Tournament now scheduled for June 2020 and we will work on the most appropriate dates for the Qualification Tournament as soon as the precise new dates of the Olympic Games are confirmed. The WKF Olympic Planning Commission is in permanent contact and will have next Monday a first telematic meeting to deal on this and other issues to report to the WKF Executive Committee.

Trusting in your cooperation in these challenging times, the WKF remains committed to the health and well-being of its athletes and overall Karate family, whilst working restlessly towards a successful participation of our sport in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Qualification event in Paris to Tokyo 2020

December 5, 2019 Leave a comment

Karate included in sports programme of Youth Olympic games Dakar 2022

December 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Results ANOC Beach Games 2019 – Karate Competition

October 11, 2019 Leave a comment
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