Where to Watch Olympic Karate 2021 live stream Online: This year, IOC has come up with 6 news sports programs in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics games, where Karate is one of them. The host nation of Olympics 2021, Japan is known as the birth nation of ancient martial art.
Olympic Karate History
In the 129 IOC session, on 3rd August 2016 at the Rio Games, four new competitions were approved for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games – Sport Climbing, Surfing, Skateboarding, and Karate.
We will not see Karate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Top Olympic Karatekas at Tokyo 2021
Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will feature 80 karate athletes. Out of these 80 athletes, 60 will be competing in the Kumite event and 20 in the Kata event. Both the event will be divided equally among men and women.
In both men and women category, Spaniards are on the top of the Kata world ranking. This time, Sandra Sanchez and Damian Quintero are one of the popular athletes to participate in the event. Sandra Sanchez has so far achieved a remarkable feat by winning the 2018 world champion, five times European championship and also registered her name in the record books as the Karateka with the most medals in the history of the international circuit.
However, this time she has to face a tough competition against Japanese star Kiyo Shimizu. She is two times world champion as well as three times Asian queen.
In the men’s category, Riyo Kiyuna and Damian Quintero from Spain and Japan are all set to clinch their first-ever Olympic title. In the 2016 and 2018 World Championships, Kiyuna had triumph Quintero which is known as the classic in the Kata World. At the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, Kata will have six different events: Three weights on the men’s side and three for women’s athletes.
In the men’s -67 kg category, World champion Steve Dacosta will represent France. Gold medallist Vinicius Figueira and PanAmerican will also compete in the event. Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan, Bahman Asgari Ghonchez of Iran, and Luigi Busa of Italy are the world’s top 3 athletes in the -75 kg category who have secured their position in the qualification round. Ugur Aktas from Turkey is the world no.1 European champion in the +75 category and all eyes are on him to win the gold medal.
In the -55 kg category, 28-year-old Anzhelika Terlingua of Ukraine from the women’s side is three times European champ and is also World No.1. Jovana Prekovic from Serbia is the 2018 World Champion gold medallist and is all set to continue her winning streak. Xiaoyan Yin from China is her strongest rival to participate in the Olympic Games.
Olympic Karate Venue at Tokyo 2021
The Olympic debut of Karate at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will take place at Nippon Budokan. ,
Olympic Karate Competition format at Tokyo 2020
Three weight classes for men and women.
In Kumite, two karatekas will face each other in an 8m x 8m area trying to overcome each other for over three minutes.
Kata is a Japanese form, where competitors don’t face each other, instead, they stand alone in their area doing demonstrations.
Offensive and defensive movements against a virtual opponent are included in this form.