New kings and queens of Karate in Asia to be crowned in Kazakhstan
The city of Almaty in Kazakhstan hosts the 2021 Asian Karate Championships. The new Asian Karate champions will be crowned at the event to celebrate the strength of the sport in the continent.
- 17th edition of the Asian Senior Karate Championships
- 19th edition of the Asian Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships
- The event will be held in Almaty (Kazhastan) at the Baluan Sholak Palace of Culture and Sports
- The championships will be held from December 18 to 22.
- Over 400 athletes from 23 countries are registered to participate at the event.
- Iran and Kazakhstan present the largest delegations with 59 and 53 competitors respectively.
- The competition will be held in 51 categories from Cadet to Senior.
- Five Olympic medallists, and six defending continental champions are set to fight for the medals in Almaty
- The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be held following the local and AKF COVID-19 countermeasures in a “bubble” format.
A host of Karate’s Olympic medallists will compete in Almaty thus to continue celebrating the Olympic success of the sport.
Japan’s Ryo Kiyuna is set to become one of the stars of the event as he aims at adding the Asian title to the Olympic gold medal and the World title. A four-time continental champion, Kiyuna is ruling the category of Male Kata with 15 consecutive gold medals in international events.
Fresh of his notorious silver medal at the Olympic Games, Saudi Arabia’s Tareq Hamedi is hoping to retake the continental crown after winning the gold at the last edition of the event in 2019.
Meanwhile, bronze medallists Abdel Rahman Almasatfa of Jordan in Male Kumite -67kg, Mo Sheung Grace Lau of Hong Kong in Female Kata, and Kazakhstan’s Sofya Berultseva who will be one of the local stars at the event complete the list of Olympic medallists competing in Almaty.
With Asia’s biggest Karate event going back to the calendar after one year of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the defending continental champions hope to extend their domination in the continent at the anticipated event.
Uzbekistan’s Bakhriniso Babaeva will fight to keep the crown in Female Kumite -50kg while Taravat Khaksar of Iran aims at taking the powerhouse nation of the sport to the top in Female Kumite -55kg, just as team-mate Zabiollah Poorshab in Male Kumite -84kg.
Ceyco Georgia Zefanya of INAKF in Female Kumite -68kg is also one of the defending titleholders participating in Almaty.
In addition to Olympians Sofya Berultseva, Moldir Zhangbyrbay in Female Kumite -50kg, and Nurkanat Azhikanov in Male Kumite -75kg, the hopes of the host nation are carried by defending champion Andrey Aktauov in Male Kumite -55kg.
The competition starts on December 18th with the Cadet and Junior Kata categories, and the first of the Cadet and Junior Kumite divisions. The finals of the senior categories are slated for the final day on December 22nd.
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