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Karate and the new normal: Success of Karate in Croatia showcased at massive event and prestigious award

2020-09-16

Karate and the new normal: Success of Karate in Croatia showcased at massive event and prestigious award

The strength of Karate in Croatia was showcased this past week at a massive event celebrated in the Medjimurje region. While the Karate family continues their efforts to go back to normal, different initiatives are successfully being held around the world to demonstrate the adaptation of Karate to the new reality. 

The strength of Karate in Croatia was showcased this past week at a massive event celebrated in the Medjimurje region. While the Karate family continues their efforts to go back to normal, different initiatives are successfully being held around the world to demonstrate the adaptation of Karate to the new reality.

Over 600 competitors from 70 clubs gathered at the “Medjimurje Open”, the first Karate event being held in Croatia after the pandemic. The event followed all the requirements by the national government and the guidelines to adapt the competition to the new restrictions were applied.

With the Croatian Minister of Sport and Tourism Nikolina Brnjac on attendance, the event was considered a success and was regarded as an example for future sports tournaments in the country under the COVID-19 regulations.


Karate athletes pose with the rest of the awarded young athletes together with the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Matesa and Biserka Petrovic, mother of the famous late Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic. 

CROATIAN KARATE ATHLETES HONOURED

In another demonstration of the strength of Croatian Karate, young Karate athletes from Croatia were distinguished at the prestigious “Drazen Petrovic” awards. Organised by the Croatian Olympic Committee, the prestigious annual award recognises the most promising young athletes in the country.

The President of the Croatian Karate Union Davor Cipek (far right) with awarded athletes Sabina Petkovic, Inga Grgic, Stela Horva, and Renato Resetar, and kumite and kata coaches, Miladin Matkovic and Tihomir Grgic. 

Representatives of Karate garnered prizes in two out of the six categories. The best young female team award went to the Croatian Cadet and Junior Female Kata team formed by Sabina Petkovic, Inga Grgic, and Stela Horva who won the bronze medal at the 2020 European Cadet, Junior and U21 Championships. The best young male athlete award was taken by karateka Renato Resetar who claimed the bronze medal in U21 Male Kumite -84kg at the 2020 European Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships.

The awards were presented by the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Matesa and by Biserka Petrovic, mother of the famous late Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic after whom the award is named.

 From left to right: President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Matesa; President of the Croatian Karate Union Davor Cipek and General Secretary of the Croatian Olympic Committee Josip Cop.

Biserka Petrovic, mother of the famous late Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic poses with the members of the Croatian Cadet and Junior Female Kata Team