It’s all systems go for the South African contingent of International Karate Organisation 12th World Championships to be held in Tokyo Japan on 22, 23, 24 November 2019.
The past few months have involved much preparation as the fighters from South Africa have been preparing for what is one of the world’s greatest karate championships. This year will see the 12th International Karate Organisation World Open Championships since the start of the quadrennial event in 1975.
This prestigious event which is held every four years entices the very best fighters in the world but is only open to the select few who have been invited and qualified accordingly.
More than one hundred and twenty fighters from around the globe will compete over two days on a knock out basis which will eventually see one winner. With no protective equipment and full contact karate rules, this event is arguably one of the most physically challenging sports events on the planet.
The 2019 World Championships coincides with the World Women’s Open Championships, World elite junior and World senior championships.
Team South Africa includes eleven open world championship competitors, two women’s world championship competitors, two junior and three senior world championship competitors.