Karate: Explanation of Continental Quotas (Pan American Games)

While karate is coming to a close at the 2019 Pan American Games the Olympic quotas will remain a mystery until 2020. Overall one male, one female and one additional quota was reserved across all events. Karate at the Pan Americna Games was held in Lima, Peru from August 9th to August 11th 2019.

The best performing nation was the United States who won four gold medals via Thomas Scott (Men’s -75kg), Brian Irr (Men’s +84kg) Sakura Kokumai (Women’s Individual Kate) and Shannon Nishi (Women’s -50kg). Following behind with two gold medals were Dominican Republic (Tanya Rodriguez, Women’s -68kg and Pamela Rodriguez, Women’s +68kg) and Venezuela (Antonio Diaz, Men’s Individual Kata and Andres Madera, Men’s -67kg). Also winning gold were Brazil (Valeria Kumizaki, Women’s -55kg), Chile (Joaquin Gonzalez, Men’s -60kg), Colombia (Carlos Sinisterra, Men’s -84kg) and Peru (Alexandra Grande, Women’s -55kg).

In terms of Olympic qualification, the highest ranked gold medalists 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. 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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