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Tashkent all geared up for crucial Asian Karate Championships

Date : 17 Jul 2019

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 17, 2019: A total of 340 participants from 33 countries will take part in the 16th Asian Karate Federation Senior Championships which will get underway on Friday, July 19, in Tashkent.

The competition, which will run through to Sunday, July 21, will feature both kata and kumite categories, the latter being split into various weight classes.

Rustam Shaabdurakhmanov, President of the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan, in his welcome message said: “It is our honour to host the 16th Asian Karate Federation Senior Championships. It will be a top-class event and I would like to extend my warmest greetings to athletes, coaches, referees and officials.”

Antonio Espinos, President of the World Karate Federation, reminded participants that the competition “will be a crucial stepping stone in their quest to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020”.

Karate will make its debut on the Olympic programme next summer in Tokyo, although it has been overlooked for Paris 2024.

Meanwhile the Executive Committee of the Asian Karate Federation will have a two-day meeting, today and tomorrow, July 17-18.

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