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Dilara Bozan: Turkey's Olympic hopeful who learned Karate to fight bullying

2021-03-12

Dilara Bozan: Turkey's Olympic hopeful who learned Karate to fight bullying

Dilara Bozan of Turkey is set to become one of the stars of the Karate 1-Premier League event being held in Istanbul this weekend.

Dilara Bozan of Turkey is set to become one of the stars of the Karate 1-Premier League event being held in Istanbul this weekend. Finalist of Female Kata here and Olympic hopeful, Bozan illustrates the most gratifying aspects of the Karate Values.

“I am very happy to be in the final. I have worked very hard for this and qualifying for the final gives me great motivation for the upcoming events,” said Bozan. The Turkish Kata ace made it to the title-deciding bout of the Female Kata category at the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul after topping the last pool with a score of 25.52. The 24-year-old athlete will clash for gold against the current World champion and Grand Winner of the category, Sandra Sanchez of Spain.

“I always enjoy competing in Turkey,” said Bozan who like the rest of the Karate world returned to action this weekend. “Unfortunately, we cannot fight in front of an audience, as we would normally do (because of the pandemic) but it is also rewarding to compete here,” she added.

The 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul is the first international event after a year of hiatus caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Turkey thus became the host of the anticipated opening event of the season and the venue where Karate starts going back to normal. 

“I am very happy to represent a country that can organise an event like this after a whole year without competitions. It shows that Turkey is a very responsible country and that we do our utmost to make the best international events happen. It is a great honour to compete under the Turkish flag here,” said the current European Championships bronze medallist.

FOLLOWING OLYMPIC DREAMS

Ranked in seventh place in the Olympic standings, Dilara Bozan is a serious contender to earn the ticket for the Olympic Games at the Olympic Qualification tournament to be held in June in Paris (France).

“I normally do not say this aloud, but I think I have good chances to qualify for the Games. My dream is to win a medal at the Olympic Games, and I will do as much as I can to qualify,” added the 2017 Under 21 World Championships runner-up.

Before the anticipated Olympic Qualification tournament comes, Dilara Bozan has clear goals ahead. As a top competitor of one of Karate’s powerhouse nations, Bozan represents the perfect example of the curing effects of the sport.

“I got into Karate because I was beaten up in class,” she said nonchalantly. “I was one year younger than the rest of my class and my classmates would get into fights with me, mostly for fun,” the karateka mentions with a smile on her face. “My mother was doing Kung-fu at a local gym and then she signed me for Karate classes.”

The rest is a brilliant history for Turkish Karate.

CLICK HERE to watch Dilara Boza in action at the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul. 

(Pictures: Gokhan Tanner / WKF)