Karatekas from 34 countires to participate at the Tokyo Olympic

Seventy-eight of the 82 karateka who will represent their countries at this summer’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have now been confirmed, following an exhilarating final qualifying weekend in Paris.

Twenty-four athletes earned their tickets to Tokyo at the Karate 2020 Qualification tournament from 11-13 June, with 12 additional continental places then allocated upon completion of the Paris event. The 36 athletes are:

Ariel Torres (USA) Qualification Tournament
Yi-Ta Wang (TPE) Qualification Tournament
Heejun Park (KOR) Qualification Tournament
Dilara Bozan (TUR) Qualification Tournament
Alexandra Feracci (FRA) Qualification Tournament
Jasmin Juettner (GER) Qualification Tournament
Alexandrea Anacan (NZL) Continental Representation


Eray Samdan (TUR) Qualification Tournament
Abdel Rahman Almasatfa (JOR) Qualification Tournament
Firdovsi Farzaliyev (AZE) Qualification Tournament
Kalvis Kalnins (LAT) Continental Representation
Andres Madera (VEN) Continental Representation
Ivet Goranova (BUL) Qualification Tournament
Moldir Zhangbyrbay (KAZ) Qualification Tournament
Anna Chernysheva (RUS) Qualification Tournament
Radwa Sayed (EGY) Continental Representation
Bettina Plank (AUT) Continental Representation


Nurkanat Azhikanov (KAZ) Qualification Tournament
Noah Bitsch (GER) Qualification Tournament
Karoly Gabor Harspataki (HUN) Qualification Tournament
Tsuneari Yahiro (AUS) Continental Representation
Abdalla Abdelaziz (EGY) Continental Representation
Btissam Sadini (MAR) Qualification Tournament
Anita Serogina (UKR) Qualification Tournament
Claudymar Garces Sequera (VEN) Qualification Tournament
Alexandra Grande (PER) Continental Representation


Tareq Hamedi (KSA) Qualification Tournament
Gogita Arkania (GEO) Qualification Tournament
Daniel Gaysinsky (CAN) Qualification Tournament
Brian Irr (USA) Continental Representation
Daniyar Yuldashev (KAZ) Continental Representation
Elena Quirici (SUI) Qualification Tournament
Silvia Semeraro (ITA) Qualification Tournament
Feryal Abdelaziz (EGY) Qualification Tournament
Sofya Berultseva (KAZ) Continental Representation
Lamya Matoub (ALG) Continental Representation


Alexandrea Anacan (NZL), Radwa Sayed (EGY), Abdalla Abdelaziz (EGY), Tsuneari Yahiro (AUS), Daniyar Yuldashev (KAZ), Sofya Berultseva (KAZ), Lamya Matoub (ALG), European Games gold medallists Kalvis Kalnins (LAT) and Bettina Plank (AUT), and Pan American Games titleholders Andres Madera (VEN), Brian Irr (USA) and Alexandra Grande (PER) are the karatekas going to the Games by continental representation.

The 36 athletes join the 40 karateka who had already qualified for Tokyo 2020 as per the WKF Olympic standings and Hamoon Derafshipour (Male Kumite -67kg) and Wael Shueb (Male Kata), who were added by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 8 June as part of IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR).

In total, 82 karateka (40 women and 42 men) will compete at Tokyo 2020 – 61 in kumite and 21 in kata. Those already qualified represent 34 different countries, testament to the sport’s global popularity.

The final four Olympic berths will be allocated through Tripartite Commission invitation places and will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Karate’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for 5-7 August 2021 at the iconic Nippon Budokan, with medals being awarded on each competition day.

Source: www.wkf.org

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