2018 World Karate Championships in Madrid: the highlight event not to be missed
The twenty-fourth edition of Karate World Championships began last Tuesday in Madrid (Spain). Any karate enthusiast who respects himself even if he is not particularly passionate about competition, is near and far the competition, and I'm no exception to the rule, and yet as you know I'm not a fan of the competition. competition, having started karate quite late, but it's still nice to see
This year I'm having fun and I made the trip. I have just landed in Madrid. I did not have the opportunity to attend the playoffs, but tomorrow I will be in the stands to attend the finals and applaud the champions.
As most of you may not have the chance to attend these Karate World Championships live, I wanted to write this article in a spirit of sharing.
The Karate World Championships only take place every two years - except for the third edition which took place only in 1975, while the second edition took place in 1972 - and each time all karatekas are eager to attend or participate for high performance athletes.
The Karate World Championships are organized by the WKF (World Karate Federation). They started this Tuesday November 6 at 10 hours, at the Wizink Center Arena. During the first two days, the competition was centered on the Individual Elimination and Drafting Phases.
On Thursday 8 and Friday November 9, we attended the Elimination Rounds and Team Repêchages: Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November. From tomorrow will take place the Finals and fights for bronze and the competition will end this Sunday 11 November 2018.
5 highlights at 2018 World Karate Championships
- Among the highlights of this 24th World Karate Championships is the official opening ceremony held on Thursday. " This event broke all records. It's a great moment for all karate people to be here; you will remember these championships forever, you will remember that you spent many years in Madrid. You will always be proud to share this historic event with us ", Said the president of the World Karate Federation, Antonio Espinós, in his official opening address of the Championships. The ceremony began with the traditional parade of flags. The 138 nations participating in the tournament were represented by flags, worn by athletes proudly honoring their nations. A map show called "Karate Soul" was then held on the stage. This is the first time in the history of sport that such demonstrations are presented at a karate event. The big celebration of the sport of "Karate Soul" will also be repeated this weekend.
- This competition brings together 1 200 participating athletes from different 138 countries.
- Another highlight: ProGame Tatami by Trocellen carpets, approved by the WKF, have been installed in the Wizink Center Arena. These carpets, designed especially for karatekas, were installed on an area of more than 500 square meters.
- New talents were unveiled in the world of karate, with surprising qualifications for the final, like the German Jana Bitsch or the Polish Dorota Banaszczyk for the category of Female Kumite - 55 kg. We can also mention Luigi Busa, the Italian qualified for the final of the Male Kumite -75 kg. The big names in karate, however, do not come out of the tatami, like Ryo Kiyuna, double world champion and one of the greatest medal chances of the Japanese delegation for the 2020 Olympics. And since we are talking about the Olympics, that brings us to the very exacting number 5!
- The 2018 World Championship karate is a historic event, as these championships precede the entry of karate into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program as an additional discipline. A symbol of the rise of karate in the world of sport. In 2020, karate events will take place at Nippon Budokan! We are all looking forward to seeing this great first in the Mythic Martial Arts Den in Tokyo! At the Olympics, 8 categories will be represented (4 men and 4 women) and only 80 competitors will be able to participate in the events. The points won at the 2018 World Championships will count in the "Tokyo 2020 Standing". The four best karatekas in each Olympic category will be directly qualified for Japan.
Short History of the World Karate Championships
A little culture has never hurt. Here is a little history of the World Karate Championships.
The first World Karate Championships were held in 1970, Tokyo (Japan). They are organized since 1970 by World Karate Federation. The country with the most gold medals remains Japan, with 73 medals. The largest number of participants ever registered were 2 000, this was the 23th edition in Austria, in 2014.
For this 24th edition, Spain hosts for the fourth time a World Cup after the appointments of Madrid in 1980 and 2002, and Granada in 1992.
That's it, I hope you liked this article. It is quite brief and I did not put results because I admit having followed all this from a distance and I prefer not to tell you silly. I hope that tomorrow will have the opportunity to make some videos and photos that I will put on our Facebook page.
You can also follow the competition closely on our partner's page: Karate-News and if you want news of our athletes from the France team, you will find all the information on the official website France Karate 2020.
If this weekend you are at the Wizink Center Arena to attend the finals of these 24th World Karate Championships, should be able to cross each other ...
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