Olympic qualification at stake at Karate 1 Premier League Lisbon
The qualification to the Olympic Games is at stake at the Karate 1-Premier League Lisbon
The qualification to the Olympic Games is at stake at the Karate 1-Premier League event to take place this weekend in Lisbon (Portugal). The event is scheduled to be held at Altice Arena sports hall from April 30 to May 2 and it is one of the most important Karate competitions of the year. These are the top reasons to follow the Karate 1-Premier League Lisbon
#1: OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
The Karate 1-Premier League Lisbon is the last opportunity – together with the European Championships - for athletes to earn the points to qualify for the Games by standings.
Four athletes per category will qualify for the Games by standings. These standings are determined by the points obtained by competitors throughout all the events included in the Olympic qualification process. After nearly three years of events, this period comes to an end.
The qualifying spots by standings are still up for grabs in most categories. CLICK HERE to go to the Olympic standings.
#2: KARATE’S ELITE
The best Karate athletes in the world will be in Lisbon to compete at the anticipated event. Ten out of the twelve defending World Champions are fighting for glory in Lisbon, including stars Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan, Germany’s Jonathan Horne, Japan’s Miho Miyahara or Eleni Chatziliadou of Greece among others.
Many of the top athletes will compete in Lisbon for the last time before making their Olympic debut at the Games.
#3: QUEST TO GRAND WINNERS AWARD
The event in Lisbon gives athletes the chance to take a step forward to win the Grand Winners award. The Grand Winners award recognises the best of the best of the Karate 1-Premier League. Following the cancellation of events of 2020, the new Grand Winners will be decided compiling the points obtained in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
In Lisbon, ten out of the twelve Grand Winners are registered to compete, including stars Steven Dacosta of France, Sajad Ganzjadeh of Iran, Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan and Ayumi Uekusa of Japan among others. CLICK HERE to meet the defending Grand Winners.
#4: MASSIVE CELEBRATION OF KARATE
Nearly 800 athletes from 87 countries have registered to participate in the event. The tournament is set to be a celebration of Karate and a showcase of the universality of the sport.
#5: LIVE STREAMING
The elimination rounds of the event will be available live on the WKF YouTube channel. Fans will be able to follow the action as it happens in all four tatamis on the WKF platform on YouTube. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the WKF YouTube channel
The medal bouts are broadcast on many TV networks around the world. The clashes for the podium will be available on platforms in over 200 territories worldwide. CLICK HERE to find the list of providers worldwide.