As the registration process has been completed, the list of Karate stars to participate in the biggest event of the sport is now confirmed.
No less than 1054 athletes from 117 countries are registered to compete at the event in Dubai. This tally maintains the participation records of previous editions and showcases the popularity of Karate all over the world as over 110 nations from all five continents will be represented in the competition.
The representatives of Algeria, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, France, Iran, Italy, Japan, RKF, Spain, and Turkey all travel to Dubai with full delegations and participation in the 16 categories.
All eight Olympic gold medallists will be participating in the event. Sandra Sanchez of Spain and Ryo Kiyuna of Japan in Kata; Ivet Goranova of Bulgaria, Jovana Prekovic of Serbia, and Feryal Abdelaziz of Egypt in Female Kumite, and Steven Dacosta of France, Luigi Busa of Italy and Sajad Ganzjadeh of Iran in Male Kumite will try to add the world crown to their Olympic gold medals.
Meanwhile, 10 of the 12 current World champions are competing to defend their crowns in Dubai. Much of the attention will be focused on the four athletes who currently own the double-crown of World and Olympic titles: Sandra Sanchez of Spain, Ryo Kiyuna of Japan, Jovana Prekovic of Serbia, and Steven Dacosta of France.
The list of defending World champions to compete in Dubai is completed with Miho Miyahara (JPN), Dorota Banaszczyk (POL), Irina Zaretska (AZE), Eleni Chatziliadou (GRE), Angelo Crescenzo (ITA), and Ivan Kvesic (CRO).
All the defending World champions will participate with the special karategi with the golden embroidery on the shoulders. The gold karategis in team categories will be taken by the representatives of Japan in both Male and Female Team Kata, and France and Iran in Female and Male Team Kumite.
The 2021 Karate World Championships will be held in Dubai (UAE) from November 16 to 22.