Vietnam top medal table of Southeast Asia Karate Championships
The 9th edition of the Southeast Asia Karate Championships was held this past week in Cambodia. The event further showcased the strength of the sport in the region.
Over 250 athletes from nine countries gathered in Cambodia for the ninth edition of the event, the first tournament of its kind since the pandemic.
With top karatekas from the main countries in the region fighting for the honours, Vietnam topped the medal table with 13 medals including 5 golds. Indonesia and Malaysia also registered deserving performances with 14 and 12 medals respectively.
Representatives of Indonesia ruled the kata competition with golds going to Krisda Putri Aprilia in Female Kata and Ahmad Zigi Zaresta Yuda in Male Kata.
In Female Kumite, Vietnam ruled with three golds, as Thi My Tam Hoang, Nguyen Thi Ngoan, and Thi Thu Hien Ho reached the top of the podium.
Meanwhile, Malaysian karatekas were the big winners in Male Kumite. Prem Kumar Selvam, Kueggen Vijaya Kumar, Sureeya Sankar Hari Sankar claimed the titles as the Malaysian team won the crown in Team Kumite.
NEW HEAD OF SOUTHEAST ASIA KARATE FEDERATION ELECTED
On the eve of the Southeast Asia Karate Federation Championships, the SEA Karate Federation celebrated its Congress. The election of office bearers for the new term 2022-2026 was the main point of the agenda.
Vietnam's Vu Son Ha will act as SEAKF President for the 2022-2026 term
Vu Son Ha from Vietnam was designated as the new President while Darly Siregar from Indonesia, Richard Lim from the Philippines, and HE Samedy Sivathana from Cambodia are the newly elected vice-presidents. The SEAKF Executive Board comprises one representative from each national federation member, with the President and Vice-Presidents on a rotational basis.
SEAKF Congress in session
Additionally, the SEAKF Congress approved the restart of Karate activities after the hiatus caused by the pandemic. The plenary session of the SEAKF agreed to return to the pre-pandemic level, with the celebration of annual regional Championships for all age groups and annual seminars for Coaches or Referees.
Moreover, the SEAKF Congress also passed a resolution to support Indonesia and Malaysia in their bid to host WKF events for 2022 and 2023.
The members of the SEAKF Congress