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Future of Asian Karate to clash for gold in Okinawa


The birthplace of Karate hosts this week the 17th edition of the Asian Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships. The future stars of Asian Karate gather in Okinawa (Japan) from May 11-13 to fight for gold with the qualification to the Youth Olympic Games on the horizon. 

With the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 reaching the -150 days countdown, young Asian karatekas go to the origins of Karate in Okinawa to participate in the only tournament in Asia to give points for the Youth Olympic qualification. The young athletes participating in the junior categories at the event in Okinawa will be looking forward to fighting for the medals and getting the points to reach the ticket to Buenos Aires 2018. 

The tournament in Okinawa will also be a showdown of the biggest powerhouses of Asian Karate in a quest to demonstrate their domination of the sport in underage categories. At the 2017 edition of the event which was held in Astana (Kazakhstan), Iran topped the medal table with an outstanding count of 16 golds and 32 medals. Japan with 8 golds and 26 medals and Kazakhstan with 7 golds and 18 medals followed on the medal table. 

The 2018 AKF Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships will be an opportunity to see some of the most promising karatekas in the world in action. No less than 16 of the current underage World champions come from Asian countries. These young world title-holders hope to get the double crown of continental and world titles in their quest to make a name for themselves in international Karate in the thrilling event catching the interest of Asian Karate fans this week. 

The competition starts on Friday with the Cadet categories. The 2018 AKF Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships will be streamed LIVE. You can catch all the action here 

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