WKF NEWS: WKF announces first qualified athletes for Tokyo 2020

MADRID (SPAIN) – 18 MARCH 2020 - The World Karate Federation has announced the first Karate athletes who have earned the qualification for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Due to the cancellation of the last qualifying tournaments because of the coronavirus outbreak, the first stage of the Olympic qualification pathway has been finalised. The four highest-ranked athletes per gender and Olympic event claim the 32 places allocated by standings. Additionally, the WKF has also confirmed the Japanese athletes who take the host nation quota in each one of the Olympic categories.

The qualified athletes in alphabetical order are:

Male Categories

Qualified Athletes

Female Categories

Qualified Athletes

Male Kata

Mattia Busato (ITA)

Antonio Diaz (VEN)

Ryo Kiyuna (JPN)

Damian Quintero (ESP)

Ali Sofuoglu (TUR)

Female Kata

Viviana Bottaro (ITA)

Sakura Kokumai (USA)

Mo Sheung Grace Lau (HKG)

Sandra Sanchez (ESP)

Kiyou Shimizu (JPN)

Male Kumite -67kg

Darkhan Assadilov (KAZ)

Angelo Crescenzo (ITA)

Steven Dacosta (FRA)

Vinicius Figueira (BRA)

Naoto Sago (JPN)

Female Kumite -55kg

Sara Bahmanyar (IRI)

Miho Miyahara (JPN)

Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu (TUR)

Anzhelika Terliuga (UKR)

Tzu-Yun Wen (TPE)

Male Kumite -75kg

Rafael Aghayev (AZE)

Bahman Asgari Ghoncheh (IRI)

Luigi Busa (ITA)

Stanislav Horuna (UKR)

Ken Nishimura (JPN)

Male Kumite -61kg

Merve Coban (TUR)

Giana Lotfy (EGY)

Jovana Prekovic (SRB)

Mayumi Someya (JPN)

Xiaoyan Yin (CHN)

Male Kumite +75kg

Ugur Aktas (TUR)

Ryutaro Araga (JPN)

Sajad Ganjzadeh (IRI)

Jonathan Horne (GER)

Ivan Kvesic (CRO)

Female Kumite +61kg

Hamideh Abbasali (IRI)

Meltem Hocaouglu (TUR)

Elena Quirici (SUI)

Ayumi Uekusa (JPN)

Irina Zaretska (AZE)

The Olympic qualification process continues now to allocate the rest of the places to complete the final list of 80 karatekas to participate in Tokyo 2020. No less than 24 athletes will earn the Olympic ticket at the qualification tournament to be held in Paris (France). Additionally, 12 athletes will get the berth for the Olympic Games by continental representation and up to four karatekas will take the Olympic ticket by the Tripartite Commission invitation places.

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