Karate and the new normal: Egypt celebrate massive national kata championships
Karate returned to activity in Egypt as the Egyptian Karate Federation hosted all its national kata championships this month.
Karate returned to activity in Egypt as the Egyptian Karate Federation hosted all its national kata championships this past month. It is yet one more demonstration of Karate going back to normal amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
A total of nearly 2000 karatekas participated in the national kata championships that were held in the country throughout four weekends from October 1 to October 24. All the events took place in Egypt's capital of Cairo, in the premises of Talaea El-Gaish Sporting Club and following the national safety guidelines.
The first tournament gathered kata karatekas aged 10 to 12, with the participation of 120 teams in Team Kata competition and nearly 130 youngsters in the individual competition. Similar participation tallies were registered the following weekend in the National Cadet Championships (ages 13 to 15).
The Junior competition was held from October 15 to 17, as over 600 karatekas aged 16 to 18 fought for the medals at stake. The last event was reserved for individual kata in senior categories and had the participation of nearly 130 athletes.
The competitions in Egypt represent another effort of national federations to resume activities and to adapt the sport to the new reality of coronavirus pandemic.