Update: Due to the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, the qualification process for karate has changed to include the cancelled events set to be held in 2021.
The first karate athletes have been determined based on the rankings of the Olympic Standings as the sport looks to make its Olympic debut. While the final update should have been on April 6th 2020, due to cancelled and postponed events no more eligible events remain meaning the rankings will not change.
The top four athletes in the men’s -75kg, women’s -61kg and men’s and women’s kata qualified to the Olympics. The top two athletes in the men’s -60kg and -67kg qualified to the combined -67kg event. Similarly the top two athletes in the men’s -84kg and +84kg will compete in the +75kg event while on the women’s side the top two in the -50kg and -55kg events will compete in the -55kg and the top two in the women’s -68kg and +68kg will compete in the +61kg event.
In total, 19 nations qualified at least one athlete with Turkey qualifying the most with five athletes across the eight events. Right behind them were Iran and Italy who qualified four athletes each.
The remaining spots in karate’s debut to the Olympics will be determined at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament. In addition, continental places will be awarded based on previous performances. A total of ten athletes will compete in each event.