All you need to know about Karate 1 Premier League Dublin
The season of Karate 1-Premier League concludes this weekend in Dublin (Ireland). The Karate 1-Premier League Dublin will wrap up the season and will crown the new Grand Winners.
- The Karate 1-Premier League Dublin is the fourth and last tournament of the season of Karate’s first-class series of events.
- The first three events of the season were held in Cairo (Egypt), Rabat (Morocco) and Fukuoka (Japan)
- The tournament takes place at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.
- It is the first time that a Karate 1-Premier League event will be held in Ireland.
- The event is scheduled from September 8 to 10.
- The eliminations will be held on Friday and Saturday (from 09.00 to 20.30 local time, GMT+1).
- The bronze medal bouts are scheduled on Sunday, from 10.00 to 14.00. The finals will be held on Sunday from 15.30 to 18.00
- CLICK HERE to go to the full competition programme.
- Over 350 athletes from 58 countries have registered to participate in the event.
- Participation in Karate 1-Premier League is limited to a maximum of 32 athletes per category.
- The birth nation of the sport of Japan presents the largest delegation in Dublin with 36 athletes. Powerhouse nations of Italy and Ukraine are also widely represented, with 33 and 21 athletes respectively.
- Eight of the defending Grand Winners will compete in Dublin. Hikaru Ono of Japan, Yorgelis Salazar of Venezuela, and Dionisyos Xenos of Greece are among the Grand Winners hoping to cause a sensation at the event.
- Four current World Champions and 12 Olympic medallists will also participate in the event. Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan in Female Kumite -68kg, Maria Torres of Spain in Female Kumite +68kg, Douglas Brose of Brazil in Male Kumite -60kg, and Steven Dacosta of France in Male Kumite -67kg, are the World champions fighting for gold in Dublin.
- The competition follows a round-robin format in the eliminations. The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and medal bouts follow a knockout system.
- #FightForGrandWinner: The new Grand Winners will be crowned in Dublin.
- Two athletes have already secured the Grand Winner award: Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine in Female Kumite -55kg and Yorgelis Salazar of Venezuela in Female Kumite -50kg. Both athletes keep the title after winning the recognition last season. Terliuga is a three-time Grand Winner, having won the award consecutively since 2019. Salazar secures her second consecutive Grand Winner award.
- Among the many exciting clashes to become the new “Best of the Best”, Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan and Elena Quirici of Switzerland will fight to become number 1 in the Standings as only 720 points separate the two frontrunners in Female Kumite -68kg. In Male Kata, frontrunners Kakeru Nishiyama and Kazumasa Moto of Japan are tied in the quest for Grand Winner.
- Read more about the #FightForGrandWinner here
- The WKF’s ambitious initiative to fight Gender-Based Violence, “Guardian Girls Global Karate Project” will also be presented in Dublin. A demonstration of self-defence for women will be showcased during the finals on Sunday. Learn more about this project here.
WATCH IT LIVE!
- The eliminations and medal bouts are available LIVE on the WKF YouTube channel. CLICK HERE to go to the WKF YouTube channel (restrictions apply)
- The medal bouts on Sunday are available on Fight Sports, and fightsportsmax.tv and a number of TV networks and platforms around the world. CLICK HERE to access the full list of TV providers and platforms.
- The Official Draw of the competition will be available by streaming on the WKF YouTube channel on Thursday, June 8 at 19.00 (GMT +1). CLICK HERE to go to the WKF YouTube channel.