World Karate Federation (WKF), President Antonio Espinós believes the number of confirmed participants at the upcoming Youth Training Camp & Karate 1 Youth Cup demonstrates the high amount of interest youngsters have in the sport.
A total of 1,249 participants from 56 countries have signed up for the event in Umag in Croatia, due to take place from next Monday (June 27) until July 3.
The WKF opening up the Youth Camp to include karatekas aged between 10 and 13 has also paid dividends, they claim, with 400 youngsters in that age group due to take part.
The total of attendees has increased from the 700 who participated in the 2015 edition.
The first three days will be devoted solely to the training camp before the Youth Cup gets underway on July 1, which will feature the youngest participants.
Cadet, junior and under-21 categories will then come to the fore on July 2 and 3, the day the event is due to conclude.