I hope the karatekas can use this as a momentum to improve and develop their quality while gaining experience in competing on an international scaleJakarta (ANTARA) - The Karate 1 Series A international championship, which is being held from November 18 to 20, 2022, in Jakarta is a momentum for Indonesian athletes to improve so that they can compete globally. Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali made the remarks after opening the championship here on Friday.
"I hope the karatekas can use this as a momentum to improve and develop their quality while gaining experience in competing on an international scale," Amali remarked.
Indonesian karatekas must take advantage of the event, especially since this is the first time in eight years that Indonesia is holding an international-level karate championship, he said.
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The last international karate tournament to be hosted by Indonesia was the Karate 1 Premier League, which was held in Jakarta in 2014.
Meanwhile, vice president of the Asian Karate Federation (AKF), Rashid Abdulmajid Al-Ali, welcomed the holding of the championship. He said that it was challenging to hold the event since Indonesia had stepped in as the substitute host for China, which had decided to pull out of hosting the event.
However, Al-Ali deemed the Indonesian Karate-Do Federation (PB FORKI) capable of implementing the event well.
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"Thank you to PB FORKI for doing its job very well. I guarantee this championship to be one of the best championships that have been held regularly in recent years," he remarked.
Karate 1 Series A has drawn around 670 participants from 65 countries, including 120 athletes from several clubs, dojos, and karate studios in Indonesia. However, its events are open to competitors ranking 33 and below in the WKF World Ranking, according to the World Karate Federation (WKF).
Karate 1 Series A events have earlier been held in Pamplona (Spain), Cairo (Egypt), and Kocaeli (Turkey). The Jakarta series is the closing series as well as the last chance for karatekas to collect points and boost their WKF World Ranking.
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