Karate: Explanation of Continental Quotas (European Games)

While karate is coming to a close at the 2019 European Games the Olympic quotas will remain a mystery until 2020. Overall one male quota and one female quota was reserved across all events. Karate at the 2019 European Games was held in Minsk, Belarus from June 29th to June 30th 2019.

The best performing nation was Spain who won three gold medals via Damian Quintero (Men’s Kata), Sandra Sanchez (Women’s Kata) and Laura Palacio (Women’s +68kg). Following behind with two gold medals were Italy (Luca Maresca, Men’s -67kg and Silvia Semeraro, Women’s -68kg) and Ukraine (Stanislav Horuna, Men’s -75kg and Anita Serogina, Women’s -61kg). Also winning gold were Austria (Bettina Plank, Women’s -50kg), Azerbaijan (Asiman Gurbanli, Men’s +84kg), Bulgaria (Ivet Goranova, Women’s -55kg), Croatia (Ivan Kvesic, Men’s -84kg) and Latvia (Kalvis Kalnins, Men’s -60kg).

In terms of Olympic qualification, the highest ranked gold medalist in a male and female event on the Olympic rankings on April 6th 2020 will be given the quota. This comes with a few stipulations. First, the overall world rankings and the world qualification tournament will have priority, meaning the gold medalists could qualify via those methods. Second a maximum of three continental quotas can be used in a single event and Europe has a low priority. If three out of the four other continents have their best athlete in the same event as Europe then Europe will have to use their next best athlete. Should there be no more eligible gold medalists then the silver medalists will have the next priority and so on.

Overall this qualification method can be seen as more of a wild card draw than as a method an athlete can use to qualify. This was done to ensure as many top level athletes make the Olympics.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Events
* Unknown until April 2020

Women’s Events
* Unknown until April 2020

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