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Berlin ready to host anticipated Karate 1-Premier League event

2018-09-11

The thrilling 2018 Karate 1-Premier League is coming to an end. The biggest international Karate event reaches Berlin this weekend for the sixth stop of the season, and the best karatekas in the world will all be in Germany to fight for the medals and for the points to progress in the WKF World Ranking. 

The Karate 1-Premier League Berlin will catch the attention of the sport since it is the first tournament of the series of Karate’s international competitions to be included in the Olympic qualification process for Tokyo 2020. World champions, Grand Winners and fan favourites will be among the 763 competitors from 72 countries registered to compete this weekend in Berlin.

With only one more event to wrap up the Karate 1-Premier League season (the tournament in Tokyo in October), top karatekas need to prevail in the German capital if they want to take their spots in the Olympic and World standings as Karate is getting ready to make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. 

The quest to the Grand Winners award will also be one of the highlights of the event. The recognition of the “Best of the Best” of the season in Karate 1-Premier League will be decided in the closing event in Tokyo but most of the categories might be resolved this weekend in Berlin. The leaders of the different categories in the Karate 1-Premier League standings hope to get the victories to receive the award that gives competitors the right to wear the karate-gi with golden embroidery.

Sandra Sanchez of Spain in Female Kata, Serap Ozcelik of Turkey in Female Kumite -50kg, Sara Cardin of Italy in Female Kumite -55kg, Xiaoyan Yin of China in Female Kumite -61kg, Miroslava Kopunova of Slovakia in Female Kumite -68kg and Titta Keinanen of Finland in Female Kumite +68kg are currently the leaders in women’s categories. 

Meanwhile, the leadership in men’s categories is taken by Ryo Kiyuna of Japan in Male Kata, Eray Samdan of Turkey in Male Kumite -60kg, Burak Uygur of Turkey in Male Kumite -67kg, Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan in Male Kumite -75kg, Ahmed Elmasry of Egypt in Male Kumite -84kg and Mehdi Filali of France in Male Kumite +84kg. 

Local Karate fans will stand behind the 19 German competitors hoping to win gold at home this weekend. In the last Karate 1-Premier League event held on German soil (last year’s tournament in Halle/Leipzig), German representatives claimed six medals including one gold by Shara Hubrich in Female Kumite -50kg. 

The competition starts on Friday at 09.00 (local time) with the first categories at stake. The event continues on Saturday, and the medal bouts will be held on Sunday. The last day of the event will be broadcast to a number of TV Networks around the world and will be streamed LIVE on WKF’s online platform, karateworld.tv. 

CLICK HERE to access the list of TV networks broadcasting the Karate 1-Premier League Berlin. 

The Karate1-Premier League- is the most important league event in the world of Karate. It comprises a number of the most prominent Karate competitions and endeavours to bring together the best Karate athletes in the world in open championships of unprecedented scale and quality. The 2018 edition of the Karate 1-Premier League is formed by seven events. The tournament has stopped in Paris (France), Dubai (UAE), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Rabat (Morocco), Istanbul (Turkey) and Berlin (Germany). The 2018 season will conclude in Tokyo (Japan) in October.  

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