Eid Ali Al Miraikhi (centre), General Secretary of Qatar Karate Federation (QKF) addressing a press conference at Al Bidda Tower in Doha, yesterday. Also seen are Jassim Al Fakhri (left), Board Member of QFF and Adel Ghanim Al Marzooqi, Executive Manager at QKF. The second edition of the Qatar International Karate Championship will take place from tomorrow at Gharafa Club. The two-day championship will end on Saturday. Around 170 players from 17 countries will be competing in the championship. picture by: salim matramkot
Doha: Around 170 players from 17 countries will be taking part in the Second Qatar International Karate Championship which begins from tomorrow at Al Gharafa Club, officials of Qatar Karate Federation (QKF) informed here yesterday.
Addressing a press conference, Eid Ali Al Miraikhi General Secretary of QKF revealed that the number of players and the countries taking part in this year’s championship is more compared to the last edition, which was the first one to be hosted by QKF.
“Last year players from just 11 countries took part but this year we have competitors from 17 countries and 160 players who will be seen in action. We have invited some of the top players to give the local players a much needed boost. Competing against some of the top players will motivate our players to attain greater success in future events” said Al Miraikhi.
“Some of the top players competing here in Doha are preparing for the upcoming world championship,” he added.
“The championship will be good also be a good preparation for Qatar players ahead of the Arab Karate Championship which will be hosted by Doha in December,” said Al Miraikhi.
Players from French, Italy, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Jordan, Oman, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Algeria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, besides hosts Qatar will be taking part in the championship which will end on Saturday.
Clubs from UAE, France and Qatar will also compete for the top prize in the team event along with 16 national teams.
The championship will be held in three categories, seniors, juniors and cadet.
The seniors will compete in the +78kg, -78kg and -68kg and the Kumite team event. The juniors will see action in -65kg, -75kg and +75kg. In the cadet section competitors will vie for top honurs in -57kg, 70kg and +70KG.
“We have increased the prize money compared to last year,” disclosed Al Miraikhi.
The winners in the senior category will get 1,500 Euros and the second place winner 700 Euros, while the two bronze medal winners each will receive 500 Euros.
In the junior category, the top prize winner will be richer by 1000 Euros and the second place winner will collect 500 Euros and the bronze medal winners 300 Euros each.
For the cadet category the top medal winner’s purse is 700 Euros and 300 Euros for the second place. The third place winners will pocket 150 Euros each.