Karate: 21 Nations Books Their Spots After World Qualification Tournament as Sport Set to Make its Olympic Debut

21 nations qualified at least one athlete to the Olympics at the Karate World Olympic Qualification Tournament. Nations which have not qualified in an event were eligible to participate where the top three athletes in each event qualified to the games. The World Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Paris, France from June 11th to June 13th 2021.

Turkey was the only nation to win multiple events thanks to the performance of Eray Samdan in the men’s -67kg and Dilara Bozan in the women’s kata. Also qualifying in the men’s -67kg were Jordan’s Abdelrahman Al-Masatfa and Azerbaijan’s Firdovsi Farzaliyev. In the women’s kata France’s Alexandra Feracci and Germany’s Jasmin Juttner joined Bozan to the Olympics.

Germany’s second quota was won by Noah Bitsch in the men’s -75kg. Joining him were Kazakhstan’s Nurkanat Azhikanov whom won the event and Hungary’s Karolu Gabor Harspataki. Kazakhstan was the third nation which won two quotas. The second one was won in the women’s -55kg via Moldir Zhangbyrbay. The event was won by Bulgaria’s Ivet Goranova while Russia’s Anna Chernysheva also qualified to the event.

The women’s -61kg was won by Morocco’s Btissam Sadini where she will be joined by Ukraine’s Anita Serogina and Venezuela’s Claudymar Garces. The United States’ Ariel Torres won the men’s kata and will be joined by Chinese Taipei’s Wang Yi-ta and South Korea’s Park Hee-jun.

Among the two heaviest weight classes, the men’s +75kg was won by Saudi Arabia’s Tareg Hamedi while the women’s +61kg was won by Switzerland’s Elena Quirici. Also qualifying in the men’s +75kg will be Georgia’s Gogita Arkania and Canada’s Daniel Gaysinsky while Quirici will be joined by Italy’s Silvia Semeraro and Egypt’s Feryal Abdelaziz.

Each event has now qualified 8/10 athletes, the final two spots will go towards the continental qualifiers and the tripartite quotas. The World Karate Federation will announce who is qualified in the coming days.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Kata
* Chinese Taipei
* South Korea
* United States

Men’s -67kg
* Azerbaijan
* Jordan
* Turkey

Men’s -75kg
* Germany
* Hungary
* Kazakhstan

Men’s +75kg
* Canada
* Georgia
* Saudi Arabia

Women’s Kata
* France
* Germany
* Turkey

Women’s -55kg
* Bulgaria
* Kazakhstan
* Russia

Women’s -61kg
* Morocco
* Ukraine
* Venezuela

Women’s +61kg
* Egypt
* Italy
* Switzerland

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