Later a highly successful Judo test event at the Nippon Budokan, Karate followed suit with a fine exhibition of martial art at the legendary Japanese combat aren. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Karate Tickets online.
The competition, part of the Ready Steady Olympic series, followed the same schedule as day two of next year’s Olympic competition, with both kata and Kumite bouts contested. More than 30 competitors participated, allowing organizers to evaluate the flow of the competition and karate’s readiness for the large stage.
“I am so honored to be a part of this’ said Japans Ruika Sao, who contributed in both the Kata and Kumite. ‘I know that in a year, the best karatekas in the world will be challenging here in the Nippon Budokan. I will source for them as a spectator.”
Though the world’s top players were not at the test event, the earlier three days at the Budokan had featured them challenging there in the Karate 1-Premier League, the World Karate Federation’s flagship event. Tokyo was the fifth stop on the 2019 schedule, with two more to follow in the Russia and Spain later this year. Points scored in the 1-Premier League sum towards the requirement for Olympic 2020.
On the final day of the 1-Premier League, Sunday was sold out, with fourteen thousand native peoples liking the success of the Japanese star Kiyou Shimizu, who took gold in the female kata event, beating Sandra Sanchez of Spain after a tie-break.
Japan took another seven gold awards, in a sport that they will be targeting for success – alongside Judo at the Sports next summer. The crowd nation won together with the male and female squad events. Fighters from across the world decided, giving the venue and tournament the thumbs up.
“The first thing that was on my mind when I stepped into the tatami this morning was that we would be challenging in the Olympic Sports right here next year,” Sanchez said.
“I took this event as training ahead of the Sports and I wanted to know what I would impression next year. It was a very exciting moment for me. Confidently, I will be able to practice it again.”
The Karate 1-Premier League Olympic was an exciting event,’ Nagura said. ‘It was very well organized and it was a huge success, with the arena totally full on the last day. It shows what karate may offer during the Sports.
“Ready Steady Olympic karate gave us a chance to test the competition timetable for karate at the Sports,” Mori said.
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