Continental Championships

Domination of Asian Karate at Stake at 2023 AKF Senior Championships


Domination of Asian Karate at Stake at 2023 AKF Senior Championships

The best Karate athletes in Asia are getting ready to fight for the domination of the sport in the continent at the 2023 AKF Senior Championships. Scheduled for July 21 to 23, the event will be held in Melaka (Malaysia).

Now that the 2023 AKF Championships reaches the -10-day count, and now that the registration has been completed, the excitement ahead of the anticipated event grows among the future kings and queens of the sport in Asia.


Nearly 400 karatekas from 30 countries have registered to participate in the event. Iran present the largest delegation with 26 athletes, followed by Thailand and Japan with 24 and 23 competitors respectively.


A host of Karate Stars will be travelling to Malaysia to fight for the medals. Two-time World champion and three-time continental titleholder Kiyou Shimizu of Japan will be among the heroes of the sport competing in the event. Kata queen Shimizu returns to the continental championships after her last appearance in 2019, when she claimed her third gold medal.


The event will also have Olympians catching the attention of fans. Olympic Games bronze medallist Mo Sheung Grace Lau of Hong Kong will be among the favourites in Female Kata, while Olympic Games bronze medallist Sofya Berultseva of Kazakhstan aim for her first continental crown in Female Kumite +68kg.


China’s Li Gong in Female Kumite -61kg, and Jordan’s Abdel Rahman Almasatfa in Male Kumite -67kg, both also Olympic Games bronze medallists, lead the quest to the medals in their categories.


The tournament might also have a repetition of the Olympic final in Male Kumite +84kg as gold medallist Sajad Ganjzadeh of Iran and silver medallist Tareg Hamedi of Saudi Arabia are both registered to compete in Malaysia.


The list of Olympians competing in Melaka is completed with Sara Bahmanyar of Iran, Moldir Zhangbyrbay of Kazakhstan, Heejun Park of Korea, and Nurkanat Azhikanov of Kazakhstan  


Held at the Melaka International Trade Centre Ayer Keroh sports hall, the competition is scheduled from July 21 to 23. Finals will take place at the end of each competition day. The event will also have Para-Karate categories taking the spotlight, in the second edition of the Para-Karate championships in the continent.