Last Olympians for Karate Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 confirmed

The list of 82 karateka who will represent their countries at the Karate competition of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is now completed. The final tickets to Tokyo 2020 have now been confirmed after the allocation of Tripartite Commission Invitation places and the reassignment of the last qualifying spots.

Following the Olympic qualification system, the Tripartite Commission Invitation places are allocated to the following athletes:

Male Kata: Sayed Mohammed Almosawi (KUW):

Female Kata: Puleksenija Jovanoska (MKD)

No other athlete met the required criteria to be eligible to receive further Tripartite Commission Invitation places. Therefore, the two spots to complete the final list of 82 karateka to participate in Tokyo this summer have been returned to the WKF and have been reassigned following the Karate’s Qualification system.

The two final tickets are appointed to the following athletes:

Male Kata: Ilja Smorguner (GER).

Female -61kg: Leila Heurtault (FRA)

The four athletes join the 40 karateka who had already qualified for Tokyo 2020 as per the WKF Olympic standings, the 24 athletes who won the ticket to Tokyo 2020 in the Paris Qualification Tournament, the 12 athletes qualified for the continental representation, and finally Hamoon Derafshipour (Male Kumite -67kg) and Wael Shueb (Male Kata), who were added by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the 8 June as part of IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR).

In total, 82 karateka (40 women and 42 men) will compete at Tokyo 2020 – 61 in Kumite and 21 in kata.

No less than 36 different countries will be represented at the Karate competition of the Olympic Games, thus stating the sport’s global popularity.


About the World Karate Federation

The World Karate Federation is the international governing body of Karate. With 199 national federations and headquarters in Madrid (Spain), the World Karate Federation manages the sport of Karate for its 100 million fans around the world, and it organises Karate events worldwide. To learn more about WKF and its activities, please visit

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