Wednesday,19 June, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1332, (16 - 22 February 2017)
Wednesday,19 June, 2019
Issue 1332, (16 - 22 February 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Egypt’s high five

Giana Farouk
Giana Farouk

FIVE Egyptian players have been invited to take part in the International Karate Games taking place from 20-30 July in Poland.

The announcement was made at a press conference held by the Egyptian Karate Federation (EKF) president Ayman Abdel-Hamid.

“It is a very important competition because it includes the world’s top eight players,” Mustafa Fekri, head of the media committee at the EKF, said. “That’s why it’s called the Masters. It is a great honour for our Egyptian kata and kumite players to take part in such an event that takes place every four years. And it is the first time for Egypt to be represented by five players.” Sara Assem, silver world medalist and Ahmed Shawki are in the kata while Giana Farouk, world champion in the under 61kg category,Yasmine Hamdi in under 55kg and Omar Abdel-Moneim in the under 75kg round out the big five.

Fekri added this was a very important stage in their preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games where karate will be recognised as an official sport. Abdel-Hamid said the performance of the players in such a competition “will convince officials to give Egypt its share of participants at the Tokyo Olympics since we are one of the top countries in karate”.

Japan’s ambassador to Egypt Takihiro Kajawa welcomed the EKF board members for dinner at his home where the two sides discussed means of cooperation and how karate can be popularised in government schools. They also tackled the means by which the embassy will provide coaches and equipment for Egyptian youths as part of efforts by the Japanese and Egyptian governments to collaborate under the motto “sports for a better future”.

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