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World champion Ivan Kvesic hopes to prevail at home at EuroKarate2021

2021-05-14

World champion Ivan Kvesic hopes to prevail at home at EuroKarate2021

The EKF Senior Karate Championships start on Wednesday, May 19 in Porec (Croatia).

The EKF Senior Karate Championships start on Wednesday, May 19 in Porec (Croatia). World champion and top-ranked Croatian karateka Ivan Kvesic epitomises the excitement of European and Croatian Karate as the event is ready to beigin.

“It is a huge honour to represent my country in my homeland. I will try to do my best to win the gold medal at the event,” said Kvesic.

The EKF Senior Championships is the last opportunity for athletes to win points to qualify for the Olympic Games by standings.

“I HOPE I WILL WIN A MEDAL IN TOKYO”

Ivan Kvesic currently takes sixth place in the Olympic standings and is in a qualifying position, but his category is one of the three divisions yet to be confirmed, with six athletes fight for four Olympic spots.  

“Hopefully, Karate will be represented in the best possible way in Tokyo. I have huge expectations ahead of the Olympic event and I hope that I will be able to win a medal there. I want to write the history of the sport by taking the gold medal in Tokyo,” said World champion Kvesic.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event had to be postponed and could not take place in 2020. With the tournament moving to Croatia, the event is an opportunity to show the strength and outstanding organisational skills of Croatian Karate.

“It will be a huge motivation for all of us to compete at home. We want to give our best and make our nation proud. Our country has had gone through hard times because of the earthquake situation so we really want to make our people proud and happy,” said the Croatian top-ranked karateka.

“GREAT IF I WIN GOLD AT HOME”

Ivan Kvesic started Karate following his brother’s footsteps. A year older, Andjelo Kvesic is also a first-class karateka, number 10 in WKF World ranking, and current World Championships bronze medallist in Male Kumite +84kg.

The last edition of the World Championships in 2018 was a great accomplishment for the Kvesic family, as Andjelo claimed bronze and Ivan reached the top of the world with his gold medal. Ivan Kvesic edged Valerii Chobotar of Ukraine in the gripping final of Male Kumite -84kg of Madrid 2018.

As the current European Championships bronze medallist and with two golds in Karate 1-Premier League under his belt, Kvesic hopes to add the European title to his list of honours.

“I always expect the best for myself. I am just missing the gold medal in the European Championships. It would be great if I achieve it in my country,” said Kvesic.

The 2021 EKF Senior Championships will be held in Porec from May 19 to 23. The event will be available live on the WKF YouTube channel.