All you need to know about #Karate1Baku


All you need to know about #Karate1Baku

The fourth stop of the 2022 Karate 1-Premier League will be held in Baku (Azerbaijan) from September 2 to 4.


  • The Karate 1-Premier League Baku is the fourth event of the season after the tournaments in Fujairah (UAE), Matosinhos (Portugal), and Rabat (Morocco).  


  • The tournament takes place in the capital of Azerbaijan in Baku. The event is held at the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex.
  • It is the first time that a Karate 1-Premier League event travels to Azerbaijan.
  • Baku hosted the memorable 2015 European Games where Karate was successfully featured.


  • The event is scheduled from September 2 to 4.
  • The eliminations will be held on Friday and Saturday (from 09.00 to 20.30 local times GMT+4).
  • 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 18.30
  • CLICK HERE to go to the full competition programme.



  • Nearly 350 athletes from 58 countries are registered to participate in the event.
  • The participation in Karate 1-Premier League is limited to a maximum of 32 athletes per category.
  • Italy is the country with a greater representation in Baku with 23 athletes, followed by Japan with 21, and Turkey with 20 athletes.
  • The host country of Azerbaijan will be represented by 16 athletes.


  • The competition follows a Round Robin format in the eliminations. The quarterfinals, semi-finals, and medal bouts follow a knockout system.
  • The Round Robin system has been introduced this year in Karate 1-Premier League events.
  • The introduction of Round Robin gives athletes more opportunities to compete at the highest level. With the previous system, 50% of competitors went home after the first bout. Now athletes need to fight a minimum number of bouts to move to the final stages.


  • No less than eight Grand Winners will compete in Baku. Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu of Turkey, Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine, Merve Coban of Turkey, Feryal Abdelaziz of Egypt, Meltem Hocaoglu Akyol of Turkey, Ali Elsawy of Egypt, Zabiollah Poorshab of Iran, and Gogita Arkania of Georgia all will be wearing the karategi with the golden embroidery on the shoulders at the event in Baku.
  • Learn who the new Grand Winners are CLICKING HERE. 


  • The eliminations and medal bouts are available LIVE on the WKF YouTube channel (medal bouts are limited to territories without TV broadcast). CLICK HERE to go to the WKF YouTube channel.
  • The medal bouts will be broadcast on TV by a number of TV networks around the world. CLICK HERE to go to the full list of TV providers.
  • The official draw of the competition will be available by streaming on the WKF YouTube channel on Thursday, September 1 at 19.00 (GMT +4)CLICK HERE to go to the streaming of the Official Draw.