Egyptian karate stars eye sport’s Olympic debut in Madrid’s WKF World Championship
The Egyptian national Karate team is preparing to participate in the 24th World Karate Federation (WKF)World Championship to be held between 6 and 11 November in Madrid, Spain.
The Egyptian mission will include Yasmin Attia; Radwa Sayed; Fareal Abdel Aziz; Giana Farouk; Sarah Assem; Ali Al-Sawy; Ahmad Al-Asfar; Mohamed Al-Kutby; Ahmed Al-Masry; Malik Salama; Omar Hegazy; Ahmad Ashraf; Taha Tarek, and Abdullah AlKutby.
Madrid’s world championship is a crucial one for ranking points for Olympic qualification. Karate will make its debut appearance at the Summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Olympic karate will feature two events, Kumite and Kata. Sixty competitors from around the world will compete in the Kumite competition, and twenty will compete in the Kata competition.
Egypt holds high hopes on a number of players, most notably Giana Farouk who clinched a gold medal at the 2016 Karate World Championships in Austria, and Sara Assem who became the first Egyptian,Arab, and African player to win silver medal at the Women’s Karate Kata Championship.