Sunday,19 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1271, (19-25 November 2015)
Sunday,19 August, 2018
Issue 1271, (19-25 November 2015)

Ahram Weekly

The most in Jakarta

Egypt had the biggest medal haul at the World Karate Cadet, Junior and U-21 championships held in Indonesia, Abeer Anwar reports

Al-Ahram Weekly

The ninth edition of the World Karate Cadet, Junior and U-21 Championships brought together 92 countries and 1,441 competitors from around the world. The tournament was also a celebration marking the official entry of karate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.

Japan, the motherland of karate, came first with a total of 18 medals – eight gold, three silver and seven bronze -- followed by Turkey (7-1-5) and Egypt. The hosts finished in fourth place.

Though winning gold medals count the most, Egypt collected the largest number of overall medals, a new achievement to be added after Egypt was chosen to host the 10th edition of the World Cadet, Junior and U-21 karate championship in Cairo in 2017. It was also agreed that Egypt will host the Karate International League for the second time in Sharm El-Sheikh from 27-28 February next year.

In Jakarta, Egypt took six gold medals, eight silver and seven bronze.

The gold medals were won by Salma Nessim who collected two in the 47kg category in both the cadet and juniors events. Other golds went to Mohamed Essam in the under 68kg juniors, Radwa Sayed in the U-21 50kg weight category, Taha Tarek in the under 70 kg juniors and Nada Sayed in the under 68kg in the U-21 competitions.

The silver medals were collected by Sarah Abdo in the under 54kg and Seif eddin Ihab in the 57kg  juniors, Israa Nabil, Mariam Salaheddin and Ali Ahmed in the 48kg, 53kg  and 76kg in the cadets events, and in the u-21, Aya Salah and Mohamed Ahmed in the 55kg and 84kg in addition to the team kata .

The bronze were captured by Asmaa Magdi and Aya Hisham in the individual kata and Abdullah Mamdouh, Aya Salah, Islam Ahmed Ali Mohamed and Mohamed Al-Katbi in the kumite events.

“I am very proud to have almost all my national team players winning medals and allowing Egypt to be the biggest medal collector, the black horse of the event,” Ayman Abdel-Hamid, president of the Egyptian Karate Federation, said.

“This is why we were honoured to continue hosting the World International League event next year in Sharm El-Sheikh, sending a strong message to the whole world that Egypt is safe and welcomes everyone,” Abdel-Hamid said.

“On the other hand, Egypt will be hosting the World Championship for cadets, juniors and U-21in 2017 and this is also a great honour that reflects the confidence of the World Karate Federation in the abilities and capabilities of Egypt and the Egyptians.”

Antonio Spenos, head of the World Karate Federation, announced alongside the congress meeting in Indonesia that 80 athletes will participate in karate as an official sport in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

A number of decisions were taken at the congress held alongside the competition. The use of a face mask was ruled out in kumite matches. In the U-21 competitions, five weight categories are to replace three categories which Mustafa Fekri, Egyptian karate federation board member and head of the media committee, commented on. “This is a big step because it will allow more participation and competition for the U-21 athletes so it will help Egypt as one of the top countries to have a great number of world champions who will go to the senior levels.”

Another change: the U21s three categories were increased to five for girls and boys.

The host country Indonesia welcomed the delegations in the ultra-modern convention centre in Jakarta. The local team touched the hearts of its audience with beautiful kumite finals, especially the gold medal performance for the title of world champion in kata by Ahmad Zigi Zaresta in the juniors.

The world championships were an opportunity for the executive committee to work on the future of karate. The Senior World Championship is in October 2016 in Linz, Austria. But the main focus was on Tokyo 2020.

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