Karate governing body has announced that More than 400 athletes from 46 countries have already signed up for the World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate1 Premier League event in Istanbul next month.
The competition, due to run from September 6 to 7 in the Turkish city, is the first Karate1 tournament to be held since May, marking the resumption of the WKF’s flagship calendar of events.
It will be the seventh event of its kind to take place this year following editions in Paris, Sharm El-Sheikh, Rotterdam, Dubai, Salzburg and Rabat.
The Karate1 in Istanbul will also be the first to be staged since the sport was officially granted a place on the Olympic programme for the Games in Tokyo in four years’ time, which was confirmed at the recent International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session ahead of Rio 2016.
With two weeks still to go until the first day of action in Istanbul, a regular on the Karate1 series, the WKF are hopeful more karatekas from across the world will participate at the event.
It is set to mark the beginning of a busy period for the sport, with Fortaleza scheduled to play host to the next Karate1 tournament after Istanbul from September 17 to 18.