With the conclusion of the 2021 European Karate Championships the Karate Olympic Standing is now finalized. Athletes were able to obtain ranking points based on their performance at eligible events since 2018. The top four athletes in each event, maximum one athlete per nation per event qualified a spot to compete at the games as karate looks to make its Olympic debut.
Overall, 17 nations qualified at least one quota to compete at the games. The most successful nation was Turkey as they qualified in five out of the eight events (men’s kata and +75kg, women’s -55kg, -51kg and +61kg). Iran and Italy will also send a sizable team with qualifiers in four events. For Iran they qualified in men’s -75kg and +75kg and in women’s -55kg and +61kg while for Italy they qualified in men’s kata, -67kg and -75kg and in women’s kata.
Qualifying two athletes were Azerbaijan (men’s -75kg and women’s +61kg), China (women’s -61kg and +61kg), Egypt (men’s -67kg and women’s -61kg), Spain (men’s and women’s kata) and Ukraine (men’s -75kg and women’s -55kg). The remaining quotas went to Chinese Taipei (women’s -55kg), Croatia (men’s +75kg), France (men’s -67kg), Germany (men’s +75kg), Hong Kong (women’s kata), Kazakhstan (men’s -67kg), Serbia (women’s -61kg), the United States (women’s kata) and Venezuela (men’s kata).
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in karate will be at the World Qualification Tournament scheduled to be held in the coming weeks.