Karate shows its values at Indian Ocean Island Games
Hosts of Madagascar topped the medal table of the Karate competition at the 11th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games. The multi-sport event gathered athletes from Southwest Indian Ocean islands.
Over 100 Karate athletes from the countries of Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Mayotte, and Reunion participated in the event. The representatives of the organising nation prevailed as they claimed 13 golds for a total of 16 medals. Reunion and Mauritius also completed deserving performances with 16 medals each.
Local athletes Gaëlle Rakotonindrina in Female Kata and Tanjona Rantsoramanana in Male Kumite -60kg were among the gold medallists at the Karate event.
The Karate competition was headed by Papa Ismaila Ba, member of the WKF Technical Commission and UFAK Technical Commission chairman, and was hosted by the Madagascar Karate Federation and its president Emile Ratefinanahari. The President of the Republic of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina attended the Karate tournament.
The 2023 Indian Ocean Island Games were held in Madagascar with over 2000 athletes from seven countries participating. No less than 20 sports were included in the programme with Karate demonstrating its many values at the event.
The President of the Republic of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina (centre), accompanied by Papa Ismaila Ba, member of the WKF Technical Commission and UFAK Technical Commission chairman (right) and Madagascar Karate Federation president Emile Ratefinanahari (left) headed the awarding ceremony of the event.
The referees participating in the Karate competition of the Indian Ocean Island Games.