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Grand Winners to be honoured in Paris


The new Grand Winners will be honoured next week in Paris. As the French capital hosts the opening event of the season, a special ceremony will take place in Paris to pay tribute to the owners of the “Best of the Best” award.  

The Grand Winners crowning ceremony will be held at Pierre de Coubertin sports hall in Paris on January 27th at 13.00 (local time). The 12 best competitors of the last edition of the Karate 1-Premier League will receive the honours of all the Karate world for their excellent performance in the 2018 edition of Karate’s first-class series of international competitions. 

The Grand Winners award recognises the karatekas who finish the season on top position in the Karate 1-Premier League standings. The 2018 class of the “Best of the Best” is headed by Spain’s Sandra Sanchez, Turkey’s Serap Ozcelik and Japan’s Ayumi Uekusa who managed to maintain the title that they won the previous year. 

The line-up of Grand Winners is completed by France’s Gwendoline Philippe and Alizee Agier, Turkey’s Eray Samdan, Burak Uygur and Ugur Aktas, Italy’s Sara Cardin, Japan’s Ryo Kiyuna, Azerbaijan’s Rafael Aghayev and Germany’s Jonathan Horne

All of them will receive in Paris the trophy that distinguishes them as the new Grand Winners. In the French capital, they will also get to wear for the first time the special Grand Winners karate-gi with the golden embroidery that identifies them as the top competitors of the season. 

The 2019 Karate 1-Premier League Paris will be held from January 25 to 27. The tournament will be streamed live on    

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