Karate 1-Premier League returns to Paris as flagship event kicks off season of Karate's biggest events


Karate 1-Premier League returns to Paris as flagship event kicks off season of Karate's biggest events

In a thrilling comeback, the Karate 1-Premier League is set to make a triumphant return to Paris (France), marking the opening tournament of the season of Karate’s first-class series of events after a three-year hiatus. The event is scheduled for January 26 to 28 and it will be available LIVE on the WKF YouTube channel.

Traditionally the flagship event of the year for karate enthusiasts worldwide, the last time the elite competition was held in Paris was in 2020. In one of the last Karate tournaments before the pandemic, the 2020 Karate 1-Premier League Paris attracted over 600 athletes from 89 countries. Karate Stars such as Sandra Sanchez of Spain, Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan, Ryo Kiyuna of Japan, and France’s own Steven Dacosta were among the gold medallists in Paris three years ago.


Before the hiatus in 2020, Paris had intermittently hosted Karate 1-Premier League events since the onset of the tournament in 2011, thus securing a special place in the hearts of Karate fans worldwide after welcoming one of the most popular and most brilliant events in the WKF sports calendar for nearly ten consecutive years.


The return of the Karate 1-Premier League to Paris is expected to draw top-tier talent, including 11 out of the 12 Grand Winners and 8 out of the 12 defending world champions, as well as fervent support from the local and international fan base. Fans around the world can follow all the action from Paris as it happens in the live streaming on the WKF YouTube channel.


The eliminations are scheduled for Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 from 9:00 to 20:30, with the quarterfinals slated for 18.30 and the semifinals planned to be held on both days at 19.50. The medal bouts will be held on Sunday, January 28.

Produced for TV and distributed on TV outlets around the world, the bronze medal bouts (from 10:00 to 14:30) and the gold medal bouts (from 15:35 to 18:00) are expected to promise a spectacular blend of athleticism, tradition, and entertainment.

Now, with heightened anticipation and excitement, athletes, fans, and officials are gearing up for an unforgettable spectacle at the heart of French karate.


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The #Karate1Paris will be available LIVE by streaming on the WKF YouTube channel.