West Asian Karate Championship opens in Sharjah
The West Asian Karate Championship for men and women, being held in Sharjah on Tuesday-Wednesday, was opened with fanfare on Monday at the Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC).
Organised by the SLC Women’s Sports Department, in collaboration with the UAE Taekwondo and Karate Federation and the Sharjah Sports Council, the tournament is held under the supervision of the West Asian Karate Federation (WAKF).
Eight countries are participating in the fourth male and second female WAKF Championship, including the hosts UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and first-time participants Oman.
The men’s kata will see competitions in weights -55, -60, -67, -75 and -84, and +85kg, while the kata category for women will see competitions in weights -50, -61, -68, and +68kg, along with collective men’s contact competitions and collective women’s contact tournaments.
The West Asian meet kicked off in 2012 after the WAKF’s Board of Directors was restructured upon an initiative by Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Al Qannas. The first West Asian Karate Championship was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, while Dubai hosted the 2014 chapter.